Mizoram minister offers cash for baby boom to counter ‘influx of illegals’ | India News – Times of India

AIZAWL: Mizoram sports minister Robert Romawia Royte distributed Rs 2.5 lakh to 17 women who delivered more children at a function held within his Aizawl East-II constituency on Tuesday.
Royte said the incentive to have more children was given in accordance with the “more children drive” launched by different church denominations and the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA).
Ngurauvi of Tuithiang locality, who bore 15 children (eight daughters and seven sons), bagged the highest award and was presented with a citation along with Rs 1 lakh in cash.Next was Lianthangi of Chhinga Veng locality, a mother of 13, who was given a citation and Rs 30,000 in cash. Two women and one man, who have 12 children each, were awarded the third prize and a cash incentive of Rs 20,000 each, while 12 women, with eight children each, were each given consolation prizes of Rs 5,000 and citations.
The YMA has said increasing the population is the need of the hour for the survival of the Mizos. Churches and some civil societies were disturbed by the low population growth rate among the Mizos, while the growth rate of the Chakma community, residing in the southwestern parts of the state adjoining Bangladesh, is extremely high.
Many Mizo people alleged that the high growth rate among Chakmas, branded foreigners, was always high due to the heavy influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Mizoram’s population density of 52 persons/sqkm is much below the national average of 382, they said.

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