India Jiyo Parsi : A Scheme To Check The Decline Of India's Parsi Population


May 10, 2010
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The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India launched the 'Jiyo Parsi' scheme to check the decline in the population of P{censored}es and help increase their numbers.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs reports that as per 2001 Census of India, the Parsi community population in India was only 69,601 ; with the elderly far outnumbering the young population. As of now, P{censored}es are only 0.0058% of Indian population & 0.0017% of World population. Considering a 12% decrease per decade, the figures are projected to fall as low as 36,730 by 2050 and 19,382 by 2100. The number of P{censored}es remaining unmarried is as follows : Only 1 out of every 5 Parsi Indian males, and 1 out of every 10 females, is still unmarried by age of 50.

The Centre intends to spend Rs10 crore over four years under this scheme. A part of the fund will be spent on counselling P{censored}e youth and their families for early marriage and conceiving at the right age while the rest will be spent to financially assist couples who have fertility problems.

Studies conducted by various organizations pointed out various reasons including late marriage, not marrying, fertility decline, emigration and marriage outside community for the decline in the population of the community.

Key features of the Jiyo Parsi scheme:

* 100% financed by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
* Medical interventions under Standard Medical protocols in select hospitals/clincs.
* Confidentiality of the patients to be given utmost importance.

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