The Chattisgarh state government has announced a cash incentive scheme for couples who delay having children after marriage. The precondition is that the mother should be atleast 19 years of age and if they have crossed two years of marriage before having a first child, if it is a male, they will get 10,000Rs., and if it is a girl, they will get 12,000 worth NSS certificates. If they choose for a family planning operation within a year of their second child, they will get an additional incentive, as per the scheme.
Just days ago, China, after 30 years of a single child imposition for couples has retracted its rule.
Chattisgarh has been maintaining a healthy 996 sex ratio among the new-borns. Though Chattisgarh’s scheme is focused more towards ensuring the health of new mothers, the future implications and after effects of the scheme on the underdeveloped region are difficult to imagine.