List of 20 Programs For Women in Kerala Budget 2018-19 under Kudumbashree Programme

Published Date - 20 March 2018 03:35:26 Updated Date - 20 March 2018 03:37:14

The Kerala state budget 2018-19, presented on Friday in the State Assembly, includes several schemes for women in the state.

Kudumbashree in Malayam means “Prosperity for Family” which either means Kudumbashree Mission or Kudumbashree Community Network. This programme provides directions and guidelines to various other programmes acording to the government policy. Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) recognizes Kudumbashree as State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) under the Central govt. National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).


Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, while presenting the budget, announced the allocation of Rs 1,267 crore, or 13.6% of the total budget, for the welfare of women.

These include,Rs 25 crore for setting up women's hostels and short-stay homes in all 14 districts; 'She-lodge', temporary housing for working women, to be opened in Kochi,

Rs 200 crore for Kudumbashree, the iconic state-run women-centric programme,

An increase in the monthly financial assistance for unwed mothers from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000,Rs 50 for schemes aimed at preventing crimes against women,Rs 2,000 hike for ASHA workers Assistance to panchayats which envisage women-friendly schemes, Construction of public toilets for women across the state.

"Although Kerala is number 1 in many indices, we have not been able to give women their due share," the Finance Minister said while presenting the budget.

The difference between the amount allocated exclusively for women last year and the amount allocated this year is almost nil – the Kerala Budget 2017 had set aside Rs 1,266 crore for women including over 64 schemes.

The Kerala Budget 2018 mainly focuses on social security schemes, public health, public education, empowerment of women and the third gender.

This comes a day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2018-19 on Thursday in the Parliament. There are several women-friendly highlights in the Union Budget too, which include 8 crore women living below poverty line getting free gas connections, as opposed to the 3 crore last year, lower EPFO rates for new women employees and an increase in allocation of funds to the MUDRA scheme.

Kudumbashree Programme – List of 20 Programs

Kerala govt. has announced a complete list of 20 programs to be carried out under Kudumbashree programme. People can see the list of announcements which are as follows:-

  • Setting Up of Micro Enterprise Parks
  • Startup Village Entrepreneurship Program
  • Nano Markets For Products
  • Online Portal For Marketing
  • Technology Hub For Micro Enterprises
  • Chit Funds in Association with KSFE
  • Legal Clinics For Women In All Districts
  • 2018-19 will be the year for Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs)
  • Training Centers in All Districts
  • Agro Service Teams
  • Special Team For Well Recharge
  • Tribal Micro plan to All Districts
  • 200 New Buds School
  • 1000 Broiler Chicken Units
  • 500 Coir Defibering Units
  • 1000 New Geriatric Care Executives
  • Livelihood For Vulnerable Groups
  • Loans For Units in Crisis
  • 20 Memoirs on Kudumbashree
  • 14 Model Women Friendly Villages

These programmes will strengthen women across the state and thus help in reducing poverty.

Kudumbashree Community Network – 3 Tiers

This is the largest women network in the world. For women community network, this programme consists of 3 tiers which are as follows:-

  1. Lowest Level (Primary Level) – Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs)
  2. Middle Level (Ward level) – Area Development Societies (ADS)
  3. Local Government Level – Community Development Societies (CDS)

Besides removal of poverty and empowerment, this programme also includes democratic leadership and several other support structures which are formed from Kudumbashree family. Moreover, Kudumbashree Mission consists of a State Mission (System Support, Organisation & Social Development, Livelihood Development) and 14 District Missions.

For more details, visit the official website

Kudumbashree Programme Domains

Kudumbashree along with central objectives of Women Empowerment and Poverty Eradication also includes 3 strategic domains which are as follows:-



Economic Empowerment

Micro-Finance, Collective Farming, Livestock Farming, Micro Enterprises, Market Development, Value Chain Based Strategies, Collectives and Consortiums

Social Empowerment

Destitute Identification and Rehabilitation, Children’s Programmes, Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged Persons

Women Empowerment

Gender Self Learning Programme, Programmes for Elimination of Violence Against Women



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