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Mahila Coir Yojana: A Route to women empowerment

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mahila Coir Yojana (MCY) is the first women oriented self employment programme in the coir industry, which aims to providing self employment to rural women artisans in regions producing coir fibre. The conversion of coir fibre into yarn on motorized ratts in rural households provides scope for large scale employment, improvement in productivity and quality, better working conditions and higher income. The scheme is being implemented by the Government through the Coir Board under its plan scheme “Training, Extension, Quality Improvement, Mahila Coir Yojana and Welfare Measures”

The guidelines for extension of financial assistance under Mahila Coir Yojana

 1. The motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt purchased by utilizing the subsidy under the scheme shall conform to the specifications laid by the Board.

2. Only one motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt will be given in an household.

 3. Motorised ratt/ motorized traditional ratt will be given only to those who are trained to operate or can operate the ratt. Coir Board Natural Indian Coir Fibre

4. The beneficiary should register her unit with the Coir Board under the Coir Industry (R&L) Rules 1958 within 30 days after starting commercial production.

 5. A single phase power supply should be available at the location of the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt.

6. The beneficiary selected under the scheme shall not mortgage the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt except to financing agency/ other institutions from whom he/she avails loan/ grant for the procurement of motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt.

7. The beneficiary availing financial assistance under the scheme will have to execute a bond with the Coir Board, Cochin to

 i) Keep the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt under safe custody and maintain it properly

ii) Make available motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt for inspection by the officers of the Coir Board/ State Government/ financing agency

iii) Operate the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt for a minimum period of 5 years iv) Abide by the instructions issued by the Coir Board/ State Govt. in regard to the working of the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt.

8. The beneficiary should make available the relevant records relating to the specification, cost of the motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt, sources of finance and the amount sanctioned to the authorized officer to determine the quantum of subsidy under the scheme.

9. The assistance from the Coir Board will be in the form of one time subsidy limited to 75% of the cost of motorized ratt/ motorized traditional ratt or Rs.7,500/- in the case of motorized ratt and Rs.2,625/- in the case of motorized traditional ratt whichever is less and the balance 25% will be raised by the beneficiary from either her own resources or loans from financial institutions/ voluntary organizations. Coir Board Natural Indian Coir Fibre

10. Subsidy sanctioned under the scheme shall be recoverable from the beneficiary

i) Where the assistance under the scheme has been obtained by misrepresentation or by furnishing false information, and

 ii) Where the unit goes out of production within 5 years from the date of commencement of production except in case where the unit remains out of production for short periods extending to six months due to reasons beyond the beneficiary’s control, such as shortage of raw material, power etc.

 11. The subsidy will be remitted to the joint bank account opened and operated jointly by the beneficiary and the officer authorized by the Board on receipt of intimation that the 25% of the cost of motorized ratt is credited in the account.

 12. Application for subsidy should be sent to:

 i) Kerala : The Asst. Director, National Coir Training and Design Centre, Kalavoor, Alleppey, Kerala Phone:0477-2258067

ii) Karnataka, : The Regional Officer, Coir Board, Goa, No.8, Annex Building, Cunningham Road, Maharashtra, Bangalore. Gujarat Phone:080-22268538

iii) Andhra Pradesh, : The Regional Officer, Regional Office, Jharkhand, Bihar, Udyog Bhavan, Siripuram, all other States not Visakhapatnam-530 003 covered by the other ROs Phone:0891-2755191

iv) Tamil Nadu, : The Regional Officer, Regional Office Pondicherry, Coir Board, No.5, Alagappa Layout, A&N Islands, Venkatesa Colony, Pollachi – 642 001. Lakshadweep Islands Phone:04259-222450

 v) Orissa, West Bengal, : The Regional Officer, Regional Office, North Eastern States Coir Board, Jagmara (Udyogpuri) P.O.Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar – 751030 Phone:0674-2350078

Source: Coir Board

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