What is the News?
The Minister of Minority Affairs has informed the Lok Sabha about the Parsi Population in India.
About Parsi Population
As per the Census, the population of the Parsi (Zoroastrian) community decreased from 69,601 in the Census 2001 to 57,264 in the Census 2011.
About Jiyo Parsi Scheme
Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Minority Affairs
Type: Central Sector Scheme
Aim: To contain the population decline of Parsis in India by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions, to stabilize their population and increase the population of Parsis in India.
Components: The Scheme has three components:
– Advocacy – It includes counselling of couples with fertility, marriage, family and elderly counselling including workshops on relationship management, parenting, drug awareness etc.
– Health of Community – to provide financial assistance to Parsi parents to meet the expenses towards crèche/child care, assistance to elderly etc.
– Medical Assistance – This includes financial assistance for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) which also includes In-vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Injection (ICS) and other modes including surrogacy.
Source: The post is based on an article “Declining Parsi Population in the Country” published in the PIB on 21st March 2022