Population boost plan gets mixed reactions from Parsis

The Planning Commission’s scheme to arrest the decline among Parsis has received mixed reactions from the community.

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A budgetary provision of Rs 2 crore has been made for the scheme, which aims to address the issue of population decline through fertility treatments and awareness campaigns, in the current fiscal.

Dr Anahita Pandole, who runs a fertility clinic for the Bombay Parsi Punchayat, said: "It’s an initiative started by the Bombay Parsi Punchayat ten years ago. Young Parsi couples can take advice and treatment which is done at a concessional rate in our clinic. When there is Assisted Reproductive Technology, the chances of twins and triplets are also higher. Every child born is a reason to celebrate. This will encourage young Parsi couples to take advice and start families."

However, one of the major issues behind the dwindling Parsi population is the inability to find housing at affordable rates. Soli Khodaiji a resident of Lalbaug said, " Rs 2 crore is not a big sum for the community. I’m not sure how it will be channelized. The fertility aspect for which they are paying will affect the younger group. But youngsters do not marry early. They try to go through the Punchayat to help them buy flats. The process is tedious," said Khodaiji.

Khodaiji said that in the past, the old timers had built Baugs especially meant for poor Parsis. "Many people thought it was below their dignity to live in baugs. But now the attitude has changed as rich people owning four cars have homes in baugs and do not want to vacate them. So the genuine poor are at a disadvantage. Regarding the Census data, a lot of Parsis have immigrated and this data needs to be ascertained," said Khodaiji.

"A sum of Rs 2 crore will not address the real issue. The biggest problem is housing and late marriages. By the time they get married, the child-bearing age is nearly over. How do they hope to increase the population by pumping in Rs 2 crore?" asked D Pantaki of Dadar Parsi Colony.

  • gb

    Bpp has more than 5,000 flats in mumbai. Most of them are pending in the courts. Majority are kept closed because they have settled abroad. Bpp staff who is hardly working cannot make a software and be transparent to show the community the exact status. They show they do not have money to construct new houses. There is lot of in-fighting amongst trustees. They hardly work and meet only once a week for four hours. Majority of the youngsters who intends marrying do not have independent house for them. Parsi girls also have lot of nakhras. Waiting list for housing is not shown to the community. There are very few new allotments. Renewals of housing applications is not done. Merit rating Scheme is totally bogus and a sham. Trustees themselves pay money and takes a four bedroom, hall flat by jumping the queue. What was the merit points for mr. desai when he took flat by paying rs 60 lacs deposit. does anyone know ? will bpp clarify ?? Why Election Code of Conduct is still not made. Bpp has lot to answer the community if they want to be re-elected again. God Bless the community.

  • gb

    Bpp has more than 5,000 flats in mumbai. Most of them are pending in the courts. Majority are kept closed because they have settled abroad. Bpp staff who is hardly working cannot make a software and be transparent to show the community the exact status. They show they do not have money to construct new houses. There is lot of in-fighting amongst trustees. They hardly work and meet only once a week for four hours. Majority of the youngsters who intends marrying do not have independent house for them. Parsi girls also have lot of nakhras. Waiting list for housing is not shown to the community. There are very few new allotments. Renewals of housing applications is not done. Merit rating Scheme is totally bogus and a sham. Trustees themselves pay money and takes a four bedroom, hall flat by jumping the queue. What was the merit points for mr. desai when he took flat by paying rs 60 lacs deposit. does anyone know ? will bpp clarify ?? Why Election Code of Conduct is still not made. Bpp has lot to answer the community if they want to be re-elected again. God Bless the community.

  • gb

    TRANSPARENCY is Extremely important. What bpp candidates who stood for elections had promised with negative results. To-day, nobody trusts a BPP trustee because he has not stood by his promises. They had promised tenancy rights, they are still continuing with leave and licence. They had promised Election Code of Conduct, it is still pending. They are now thinking of spending Rs 25 crores on Vulture project, which will not materialise till october, 2015. They are not doing anything for decreasing unemployment from the community. Big talks of loans to small time entrepreneurs is totally eyewash. When you contact them for a loan, they are telling them to sell kanda-batata on the road. This is the way they fool a poor and needy who wants to start his own business. Merit rating scheme is totally bogus and just an eyewash. Trustee themselves do not follow merit rating schemes for their own accomodation. trespassing is increasing day by day. court cases ahve icnreased substantially in last 3 years. to-day, there are 2,967 court cases pending with bpp which i am confident taht if these 7 trustees sits together, they can easily reduce the no. by half by doing an out-of-court-settlements. But there is ego, false pride and corruption, so nothing can be done.

  • gb

    TRANSPARENCY is Extremely important. What bpp candidates who stood for elections had promised with negative results. To-day, nobody trusts a BPP trustee because he has not stood by his promises. They had promised tenancy rights, they are still continuing with leave and licence. They had promised Election Code of Conduct, it is still pending. They are now thinking of spending Rs 25 crores on Vulture project, which will not materialise till october, 2015. They are not doing anything for decreasing unemployment from the community. Big talks of loans to small time entrepreneurs is totally eyewash. When you contact them for a loan, they are telling them to sell kanda-batata on the road. This is the way they fool a poor and needy who wants to start his own business. Merit rating scheme is totally bogus and just an eyewash. Trustee themselves do not follow merit rating schemes for their own accomodation. trespassing is increasing day by day. court cases ahve icnreased substantially in last 3 years. to-day, there are 2,967 court cases pending with bpp which i am confident taht if these 7 trustees sits together, they can easily reduce the no. by half by doing an out-of-court-settlements. But there is ego, false pride and corruption, so nothing can be done.

  • gb

    TRANSPARENCY is Extremely important. What bpp candidates who stood for elections had promised with negative results. To-day, nobody trusts a BPP trustee because he has not stood by his promises. They had promised tenancy rights, they are still continuing with leave and licence. They had promised Election Code of Conduct, it is still pending. They are now thinking of spending Rs 25 crores on Vulture project, which will not materialise till october, 2015. They are not doing anything for decreasing unemployment from the community. Big talks of loans to small time entrepreneurs is totally eyewash. When you contact them for a loan, they are telling them to sell kanda-batata on the road. This is the way they fool a poor and needy who wants to start his own business. Merit rating scheme is totally bogus and just an eyewash. Trustee themselves do not follow merit rating schemes for their own accomodation. trespassing is increasing day by day. court cases ahve icnreased substantially in last 3 years. to-day, there are 2,967 court cases pending with bpp which i am confident taht if these 7 trustees sits together, they can easily reduce the no. by half by doing an out-of-court-settlements. But there is ego, false pride and corruption, so nothing can be done.

  • gb

    TRANSPARENCY is Extremely important. What bpp candidates who stood for elections had promised with negative results. To-day, nobody trusts a BPP trustee because he has not stood by his promises. They had promised tenancy rights, they are still continuing with leave and licence. They had promised Election Code of Conduct, it is still pending. They are now thinking of spending Rs 25 crores on Vulture project, which will not materialise till october, 2015. They are not doing anything for decreasing unemployment from the community. Big talks of loans to small time entrepreneurs is totally eyewash. When you contact them for a loan, they are telling them to sell kanda-batata on the road. This is the way they fool a poor and needy who wants to start his own business. Merit rating scheme is totally bogus and just an eyewash. Trustee themselves do not follow merit rating schemes for their own accomodation. trespassing is increasing day by day. court cases ahve icnreased substantially in last 3 years. to-day, there are 2,967 court cases pending with bpp which i am confident taht if these 7 trustees sits together, they can easily reduce the no. by half by doing an out-of-court-settlements. But there is ego, false pride and corruption, so nothing can be done.

  • Thank you deekra for writing such a well thought-out post. Yes, the BPP is so corrupt but then again I am not surprised. In India the entire community is going the way of the dinosaur for reasons we al well know. Then again I am not surprised. In any society on the downward path, corruption is rampant. Now look at ZAGNY, they do not discriminate and they are doing very well. Now they are planning a multi million dollar agiary and religions center. ZAGNY has nothing to hide, unlike the BPP. And unlike the community in India, the community is USA is growing. Immigration is not the only reason that the numbers in South Asia are dwindling. The staunch resistance to any type of intermarriage is simply sending many young people away. Stupid people. We are busy destroying ourselves.

    As for Parsi girls, I am very sorry to say this, but too many of them are spoiled brats. Terrible. The boys are no better, being rude, haughty, and deserving a good tight slap on the face. I am glad that many of the young people I have come to know on Facebook are not like that. Unfortunately I believe the nice ones to be the minority. I had my taste of the young people when I was in Mumbai a few years back.

  • Thank you deekra for writing such a well thought-out post. Yes, the BPP is so corrupt but then again I am not surprised. In India the entire community is going the way of the dinosaur for reasons we al well know. Then again I am not surprised. In any society on the downward path, corruption is rampant. Now look at ZAGNY, they do not discriminate and they are doing very well. Now they are planning a multi million dollar agiary and religions center. ZAGNY has nothing to hide, unlike the BPP. And unlike the community in India, the community is USA is growing. Immigration is not the only reason that the numbers in South Asia are dwindling. The staunch resistance to any type of intermarriage is simply sending many young people away. Stupid people. We are busy destroying ourselves.

    As for Parsi girls, I am very sorry to say this, but too many of them are spoiled brats. Terrible. The boys are no better, being rude, haughty, and deserving a good tight slap on the face. I am glad that many of the young people I have come to know on Facebook are not like that. Unfortunately I believe the nice ones to be the minority. I had my taste of the young people when I was in Mumbai a few years back.