Mizoram Sports minister Robert Romawia Royte has announced a cash enticement of ₹1 lakh to a living parent with the highest number of children in his constituency.
This is to encourage population growth among the Mizo communities. Royte announced it on the occasion of Father's Day on Sunday. His constituency is Aizawl East-2 assembly constituency, along with ₹1 lakh the person will also get a certificate and a trophy.
Royte said in media that “the infertility rate and the decreasing growth rate of the Mizo population has become a serious concern. Mizoram is far below the optimal number of people to attain development in various fields because of the gradual decline in its population. Low population is a serious issue and hurdle for small communities or tribes like Mizos to survive and progress."
He further said that some churches and influential civil society organisations like the Young Mizo Association are advocating a baby boom policy to encourage population growth. This declaration came at a time when several states are advocating a population control policy.
Recently, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has recently announced that his government will gradually implement a two-child policy for availing state funded benefits.