‘Jio Parsi’ benefits From ‘IVF’; Out Of 376, 290 Babies Were Born With the Help Of IVF

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Pune, 13th August 2022: After the rapid decline in the population of the Parsi community in the country as well as around the world, the then central government launched the ‘Jio Parsi’ scheme in 2013. Even after ten years, this plan has not achieved the expected success. Only 376 children have been born through this scheme. Happily, this scheme is greatly assisted by the technology of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Out of 376 children, 290 children were born with the help of ‘IVF technology.


The population of the Parsi community in the world is around one lakh. According to the 2011 census, the population of Parsis in India is 57 thousand 264. Among them, only the population of Parsi citizens in Mumbai is more than 30 thousand. Apart from India, the Parsi community lives in Bangladesh, Karachi in Pakistan and Australia.


In September 2013, the Ministry of Minority Affairs of the Center launched the ‘Jio Parsi’ scheme due to the rapid population decline in the country. Even after ten years, only 376 children have been born through this scheme across the country.


Mumbai-based Pearl Mestri, who works as a counsellor for the scheme, said, “Seniors make up 30 per cent of the total population of the Parsi society. 30 per cent of boys and girls do not want to get married. Therefore, the number of married fertile women and men is only around 20 thousand. Basically, Parsi boys and girls are not in the mindset of getting married. After getting an education from about 32 to 35 years of age, they settle down in job and business till forty. After that many people refuse to marry. For those who marry, their fertility declines after forty. As a result, the birth rate is extremely low. Although the Parsi society appears to be rich, there are a large number of poor and childless people.”


The Iran Society of Kolkata recently organized a seminar there. Research institutes have been established across the country to conduct research on Parsi society, Parsi culture and Parsi language. However, it has been reported that researchers in the country have turned their backs on doing such research. The Persian Research Center in Delhi is no different.


“Negativity about Marriage Under the ‘Jio Parsi’ scheme, we have conducted previous online as well as physical hundred meetings with youths in means of marriage during the Corona period. Only eleven of them said they were willing to get married. Pearl Mestri said that no marriage could take place so far,” said Pearl Mestri.


“We match Parsi young youths and to men or women without children or unmarried people. Despite trying to explain their problems, the Parsi young men and women are not ready to get married,” Pearl added further.