Sikkim Democross Tick Front (SDF) party will encourage women related to local communities to give birth more children due to the decline in fertility rates in the state. Talking to reporters, senior party leader PD Rai said, “In Sikkim, the rate of fertility rate has fallen from 1.2 percent of the children.”
He compared the dwindling population of the locals, including Lepcha, Bhutia and Sikkim Nepali, to Japan and Singapore and said that the SDF government, if it comes to power again, will start a ‘proud mother’s plan’. Under this scheme, women will be given an encouragement amount of Rs. 5,000 for the birth of their first child and Rs. 10,000 for another child.
Rai said that the ruling party has not yet made any formula for encouraging women to give birth to third or more children. Sikkim’s population is more than 6.5 lakh, with an estimated 60 percent of indigenous communities.