Parsi New Year- Jiyo Parsi delivers towards revival of race: 30 babies in 2 years, 11 on way
The scheme, which was launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs a year-and-a-half ago to arrest the decline in the numbers of Parsi Zoroastrian community, has started yielding results. While 30 babies have been born since the scheme began, another 11 are expected. As many as 50 couples are undergoing medical treatment under the scheme.
Dr Shernaz Cama, director of UNESCO’s Parzor project, which is implementing the scheme along with Bombay Parsi Panchayat and others, told The Indian Express, “The estimated population of Parsis in India in 2001 was 69,000. For 800 deaths every year, the number of births is just 200 in the Parsi community. Clearly, the population is dipping.”
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