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Indian “Second Honeymoon” Incentive For Baby Delay

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Authorities in Satara district in Maharashtra State, Western India, are offering a second honeymoon to couples who delay the birth of their first child. The offer, called the “Honeymoon Package”, is worth 5000 rupees ($125) for a 2-year delay and 7500 rupees ($190) if the couple can hold off for three years.

Satara has a population of about 3 million. About 25000 marriages take place every year and 87% of newly-weds have a child in the first year of marriage. Authorities hope that if 20% of couples take up the offer, 4000 births can be delayed every year.

India, with 1.1 billion people, is the world’s second most populous nation. But with an annual population growth rate of 1.7%, it is expected to overtake China by 2025.

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSDEL80996

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Written by Pete Smith

August 7, 2007 at 11:50 am

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  1. >>>> Authorities hope that if 20% of couples take up the offer, 4000 births can be delayed every year.

    Lol..yup..that’s my India alright!!! I wonder if ‘delaying’ wud make much difference!

    Govind

    August 7, 2007 at 6:11 pm

  2. So it’s not really going to make a difference Govind. No surprise really I guess. Good to hear your thoughts on it out there in India itself.

    matt

    August 7, 2007 at 11:00 pm

  3. Thinking further about this policy idea it seems that it will fail because;

    1. the young urban educated elite will probably take up the bulk of the handout and be happy to delay their first child for career and other reasons
    2. this delays but doesn’t stem population growth
    3. the rural population growth will continue to rise

    So, all in all a waste of energy and money!

    matt

    August 8, 2007 at 11:35 pm

  4. Many Indian families depend on the income of their children to survive so a two-day honeymoon is hardly an incentive to delay the time when their kids can start work, hence contribute to the household income.

    Matt’s right, it would be mostly the educated elite who would benefit from this scheme because they would, in all likelihood, start their family later anyway.

    earthpal

    August 11, 2007 at 12:21 pm


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