Panel rejects govt plan to boost fertility rate of Parsis

A proposal by the minority affairs ministry to boost the declining population of Parsi community has been turned down by the Planning Commission on the ground that the intervention by the government in social issue may not go down well with other communities and could set a wrong precedent. The Minority ministry had proposed a scheme in order to improve the fertility rate. The panel believes that the very proposal, if implemented, will set a precedent not only for the Parsi but also for other communities to make similar demands. The government proposal was on the line that the community is more or less on the verge of extinction. At present it is believed that the total population of Parsis is 66000. The reasons for the decline in the fertility rates of the Parsis are believed to be Parsis marrying non-Parsis (resulting in excommunication), and late marriage trend. According to 2010 budgetary plan, the government had proposed to tackle the dwindling population of the Parsi community.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 22

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