Race to save dwindling Parsis

Facing extinction, the Parsi population has something to cheer about. The Planning Commission has granted sanction to set up fertility clinics for the Parsis. The Minority Affairs Ministry will now organise camps for IVF treatment of the community to spiral up their dwindling numbers.

Under the scheme, the Government will now bear the cost of fertility treatment for the Parsi community members concentrated mostly in Mumbai, Gujarat and Kolkata.

“The scheme was approved last week and the Planning Commission has made a budgetary provision of Rs 2 crore in the first year of the ongoing 12th Five Year Plan. The commission has given a go-ahead to arrest the dwindling numbers of Parsis after a long deliberation,” an official said.

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