Union govt okays free fertility treatment for Parsis

The Union government has approved a proposal by the minority affairs ministry to bear the cost of fertility treatment in order to arrest the decline of Parsi population in the country. A similar proposal by the ministry had been shot down by th

e planning commission in 2010 on the grounds that it would spur demands from other communities as well, thereby disturbing the health ministry’s family welfare programme designed to control rising population.

In the 12th Plan budget, the Planning Commission has allowed the minority affairs ministry to spend Rs2 crore in in the current fiscal to organise fertility camps in areas concentrated by the community in Mumbai, Gujarat and Kolkata. The amount will also be utilised to create awareness on in-vitro fertilisation or IVF technique adoption to increase fertility by engaging health volunteers.

Planning Commission member Sayeeda Sayeedain Hamid had in her report on “empowerment of minorities” highlighted the need to help Parsis lest it becomes an endangered community in India. The ministry of minority affairs will now present a detailed roadmap to execute the scheme.

The ministry, which conducted a survey before moving the proposal for the fertility clinics, noted that the average number of births per year in the Parsi community has never crossed 200 since 2001 and as such their number is further dwindling. It said that while India’s population had grown to 1 billion in 2001, the number of Parsi-Zoroastrians has fallen 39% from 1.14lakh in 1941 to 69,000 in 2001.

Against the general child-woman ratio of 578 per 1,000 in the country, amongst the Parsis, it is just 85 per 1,000. The proposal said late marriages, reduced fertility levels and migration were the major reasons for the decline in the Parsi population.

About 30%of the Parsi population remains single, while another 30%is above 60. And to make matters worse, the death rate in the community is three times the birth rate.

Dwindling Numbers

  • The average number of births a year among Parsis has not crossed 200 since 2001
  • Against the country’s general child-woman ratio of 578 per 1,000, among Parsis, it is 85 per 1,000
  • About 30% of Parsis remain single while another 30% is above 60. Also, levitra in mexico the death rate within the community is thrice the birth rate
  • gb

    Dwindling numbers in parsi community is not because of only late marriages or unemployment or lack of housing only. The main reason is increasing corruption in the community which 7 trustees of bpp can easily remove if they work efficiently and honestly for real upliftment of the community.

  • gb

    Dwindling numbers in parsi community is not because of only late marriages or unemployment or lack of housing only. The main reason is increasing corruption in the community which 7 trustees of bpp can easily remove if they work efficiently and honestly for real upliftment of the community.

  • Byram Sidhwa.

    Two crores from Government to improve fertility among humans and Rs.25 crores to be ‘spent’ on fertility of Vultures.Our community can pride in having modern day Neros.

  • Byram Sidhwa.

    Two crores from Government to improve fertility among humans and Rs.25 crores to be ‘spent’ on fertility of Vultures.Our community can pride in having modern day Neros.

  • Burzin

    GB,
    I think its unfair to link everything thats wrong under the sun to the 7 BPP Trustees. Guess they are not perfect, but they are trying, lets be fair to them.
    Also to your point, wonder how the 7 trustees can increase our population if they work more honestly?
    It’s unto the younger generation in our community to marry within the community, do so at an early age and have atleast 2+ offsprings.

  • Burzin

    GB,
    I think its unfair to link everything thats wrong under the sun to the 7 BPP Trustees. Guess they are not perfect, but they are trying, lets be fair to them.
    Also to your point, wonder how the 7 trustees can increase our population if they work more honestly?
    It’s unto the younger generation in our community to marry within the community, do so at an early age and have atleast 2+ offsprings.

  • Phiroze

    Very well said Burzin. gb seems to be so enamoured by the BPP and the Trustees that he can’t see beyond them.

  • Phiroze

    Very well said Burzin. gb seems to be so enamoured by the BPP and the Trustees that he can’t see beyond them.

  • Phiroze

    Byram, remember the humans can’t do what the vultures can. Very warm regards

  • Phiroze

    Byram, remember the humans can’t do what the vultures can. Very warm regards

  • gb

    If bpp works honestly and efficiently they can increase employment opportunities, business opportunities to youngsters and allot houses honestly and if sufficient income is there only then the couples will think of producing children. i myself have 3 children but all are useless because they want to marry non-parsees only that to by doing bigamy. can you imagine the fate of parsee community.

  • gb

    If bpp works honestly and efficiently they can increase employment opportunities, business opportunities to youngsters and allot houses honestly and if sufficient income is there only then the couples will think of producing children. i myself have 3 children but all are useless because they want to marry non-parsees only that to by doing bigamy. can you imagine the fate of parsee community.

  • phiroze

    gb, the children turn out the way their parents bring them up. How is BPP or the community responsible for the way your 3 children behave? Please get mental treatment asap.

  • phiroze

    gb, the children turn out the way their parents bring them up. How is BPP or the community responsible for the way your 3 children behave? Please get mental treatment asap.

  • Byram

    Phiroze: WRONG. WHAT B.P.P. TRUSTEES CAN DO EVEN VULTURES TOO WOULD SHUDDER TO DO.

  • gb

    it looks like you need mental treatment more badly than me. no further comments on your lunacy. you do not know today’s generation. whatever best you do for them, they backtrack because of various globalisation factors. you can try and input sense in your childrens head first to tolerate such a father.

  • gb

    it looks like you need mental treatment more badly than me. no further comments on your lunacy. you do not know today’s generation. whatever best you do for them, they backtrack because of various globalisation factors. you can try and input sense in your childrens head first to tolerate such a father.