Mahila Coir Yojana in short called MCY. It is the women-oriented self-employment programme that comes under the coir industry, this programme goal is to provide self-employment to rural women artisans in regions producing coir fibre. The conversion of coir fibre into yarn on motorized rats in rural households develops scope for large scale employment, it also increases the improvement in productivity and quality, better working conditions and higher income. The scheme is implemented by the Government through the Coir Board under its Coir Vikas Yojana.
Coverage of the scheme
The scheme is relevant in coir producing coastal States such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Puducherry, A& N Islands, West Bengal and NE Region.
Not more than one artisan from one household would be eligible to get assistance under the scheme. Women artisans must have completed the training programme in the spinning of coir yarn from any of the training centres of the Coir Board.
The financial assistance for using the machines and types of equipment may be taken under the PMEGP scheme for setting up of new coir units for which the maximum project cost is up to Rs.25 lakhs.