Contact Details:

District Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Office,
District Social Welfare Officer,
3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai – 625020.

Office Telephone Number 0452- 2580259,
Mail ID – dswomadurai[at]gmail[dot]com


The department of social welfare has ensured the welfare of the poor, the downtrodden, women, children, senior citizens and third gender by providing innumerable opportunities for them through various schemes.


The Government of Tamil Nadu has responded to the issues related to girl children at large and declining child sex ratio in the state by introducing innovative schemes as follows.

  1. Cradle Baby Scheme
  2. Chief Minister’s GIrl Child Protection Scheme
  3. Child Adoption Regulations
  4. Child Marriage Act 2006

Cradle Baby Scheme

To eradicate female infanticide and to save the girl Children from the clutches of death, “Cradle Baby Scheme” was introduced in Madurai District during 2001. “The Cradle Baby Scheme” was inititated to protect the babies by placing cradles in Reception Centers in Rajaji Hospital. These babies are handed over to the recognized Adoption Agencies for Adoption.

Chief Minister’s Girl Child Protection Scheme

The Girl Child Protection Scheme is an innovative scheme which has ensured improve girl’s education, exterminate female infanticide and limit male child preference in the society. The scheme also aims to prevent gender discrimination by empowering and protecting the rights of girl children through this flagship scheme.
In the Form of fixed deposit with the Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastruture Development Corporation Limited, for a family with one girl child an amount of Rs.50,000/- is deposited in the name of the girl child. An amount of Rs.25,000/- is deposited in the names of two girl children each for a family with two girl children only.

Child Adoption Regulations

Adoption came to be viewed as the best way of rehabilitation for orphan, ababdoned and surrendered children. It is considered as the best alternative for children without parental care.
The Salient features of Adoption Regulations (2017) and Changes therein vis – a – vis Adoption Guidelines (2015). The Adoption Regulations, 2017 framed by ‘ Central Adoption Resource Authority’ (CARA) as mandated under section 68(c) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, were discussed.

Child Marriage Act 2006

The Government of India has adopted the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act” 2006. This Legislation is armed with enabling provisions to prohibit child marriages.
The District Social Welfare Officers of each district are appointed as child Marriage Prohibion Officer.


Marriage Assistance Schemes:

In order to help poor parents and to encourage them to educate their daughters till the right age, Marriage Assistance Schemes were introduced by the Government. Marriage Assistance Schemes are implemented to address the associated problems in bringing up the girl child and her marriage expenses. This scheme also provides for the marriage of orphan girls, inter-caste marriage, widow’s daughters marriage and widow-remarriage through the Marriage Assistance Schemes.

The Government provides 8 grams 22 carat Gold coin for making Thirumangalyam with cash assistance of Rs.25,000/- for non graduate girls and Rs.50,000/- for gradutes girls.

  1. Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme.
  2. Dr. Dharmambal Ammaiyar Ninaivu Widow Remarriage Assistance Scheme.
  3. E.V.R. Maniammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme for daughters of poor widows.
  4. Annai Therasa Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme for orphan girls.
  5. Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy Ninaivu Inter-Caste Marriage Assistance Scheme.

Annai Sathyavanimuthu Free supply of Sewing Mechines.

Under this scheme Free Sewing Machine is given to Destitute Women, Widows and Women who are economically, socially backward and Physically Handicapped and who are in the age group of 20 to 40 years and annual income of Rs.72,000-

Government Working Women Hostels.

Opening up of new avenues of employment in urban areas has motivated many young women to take up employment away from their homes to cities. Due to the rise in prices and high rentals, the cost of living has gone up. Girls from poor and middle class families find it difficult to manage financially in their new places of employment with the meagre income they get. In order to help such working women, the Government run Working Women Hostels.

Address : Masaththanar Kalayana Mandam,
Jampuropuram Market.


For the Welfare of Senior Citizens Old age Homes Financed by Government of Tamil Nadu are as follows.

  1. Angel Home of Women’s Trust
    Green House Sevai Illam
    Solavanthan Main Road,
    Thenur. Madurai District.
    Phone No. 94428 43937
    Maid ID – angelhometrustmdu@gmail[dot]com
  2. Pneuma Home
    Bala Medu.Madurai.
    Phone No. 98946 86277
    Mail ID – pneumatrust@gmail[dot]com
  3. Grants aided by State Government :
    Address – Claretian Mercy Home
    Ponnamangalam Post,
    Thirumangalam, Madurai.
    Phone No. 80986 72866
    Mail ID – claretbabyhome@yahoo[dot]com


The Third Genders face familial rejection, social discrimination and marginalization from the mainstream society. They go through various harassments, deprivations and other forms of discriminations. They are even forced out from the schools on transformation as third gender. There is no job security and employment opportunity due to age old discrimination against them. Prevailing situations compel them to leave their families, discontinue their education and lead an almost nomadic life. The Third Genders who leave their families mostly do not possess with them any documents like birth certificate, educational certificate, community certificate and other essential identity cards like ration cards, Voter Identity Card etc.
Various economic activities like provision stores, rearing of milk animals, canteens, production units of soap, napkin, milk products, plying passenger autos, load autos and business activities related to cloth, coir, rice etc.,



Additional Information may be obtained through

RTI Information Officer : Superintendent
District Social Welfare Office,

3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai – 625020.

Office Telephone Number 0452- 2580259,
Appellate Authority Officer : District Social Welfare Officer,
District Social Welfare Office,

3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai – 625020.

Office Telephone Number 0452- 2580259,
Mail ID – dswomadurai[at]gmail[dot]com

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS)


  1. To improve the Holistic development of the children like Physical, Mental, Language and Social Development.
  2. To improve the Nutritional Status and health status of the children from birth to 6 years.
  3. To improve mothers natural child raring practices by giving nutritional and health awareness programme to mothers.


  1. Children (0 – 6 years)
  2. Pregnant women
  3. Lactating mothers
  4. Adolescent girls

Develop the ICDS as Vibrant Child Welfare Centre

  1. Early Childhood and Education Information School/ Preschool Education.
  2. Weaning Food / Noon meal
    Weaning food issued Through Home Ration.
    Noon Meal Programme.
  3. Care for Children and young children and Food delivery method and advice.
  4. Pregnancy maintenance and counseling.
  5. Education on Care, Nutrition, Cleanliness and Health.
  6. Maintain Underweight children in Society.

With co-ordination of Health Department

  1. Provision of vaccination and micro nutritients.
  2. Medical Checkup.
  3. Medical Referral services.
  4. Information, Education, Activities Contact Camp and Actions for Awareness of Main activities.

National Nutrition Mission (NNM)

The Government of India has approved the implementation of National Nutrition Mission in Ariyalur, Dindigul, Nilgiris, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamilnadu for the year 2017-2018. The remaining districts will be covered in phased manner during 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
The goals of NNM are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers in a time bound manner during the next three years from 2017-2018 with fixed targets as under:

Objective and Target

Prevent and reduce stunting in children (0-6 yrs) Reduced as 6% by reducing 2% for every year

Prevent & reduce under –nutrition (underweight ) in children (0-6 years) Reduced as 6% by reducing 2% for every year

Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among young children (6-59 months) Reduced as 9% by reducing 3% for every year

Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among Women and Adolescent Girls in the age group of 15-49 yrs years Reduced as 9% by reducing 3% for every year

Reduce Low Birth Weight (LBW) Reduced as 6% by reducing 2% for every year

The districts Collectors to monitor the preparatory activities under National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and ensure that various components of the scheme are implemented within the time frame.

Construction of Anganwadi Centres and provision of
Drinking water and other facilities

Tamilnadu Government has taken up construction of new anganwadi centres/Baby friendly toilets and provision of drinking water facilities. During 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Construction of 2001 Anganwadi Centres have been taken up.

Office Details:

Name of the Office :- District Programme Office,

District Programme Officer,
Integrated Child Development Services Scheme,
3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai -625020.
Office Telephone Number 0452-2533217
Office E-mail ID d623mdu[at]gmail[dot]com

For more Details visit

RTI Information Officer :

District Programme Office,
Integrated Child Development Services Scheme,
3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai -625020.

Appellate Authority Officer :

District Programme Officer,
District Programme Office,
Integrated Child Development Services Scheme,
3rd Floor, Collectorate New Building,
Madurai -625020.