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Mizoram sports minister Robert Romawia Royte on Monday announced cash reward to those who has the maximum number of children. He, however, did not mention the number of children for the prize.

Royte announced a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh to a living parent with the highest number of children in his constituency to encourage population growth among the demographically small Mizo communities.

The declaration came at a time when several Indian states are advocating a population control policy.

Royte announced that he would reward a living man or woman for having the largest number of offspring within his Aizawl East-2 assembly constituency with a cash prize.

The person will also get a certificate and a trophy. Apparently, the cost of the incentive will be borne by a firm owned by Royte’s son.

The minister said that infertility rate and decreasing growth rate of the Mizo population has become a serious concern. He further stated that Mizoram is far below the optimum number of people to attain development in various fields because of the gradual decline in its population.

The state’s population was recorded at 1,91,014 according to the 2011 census. It covers an area of approximately 21,087 square kilometres.

With only 52 persons per square kilometre, Mizoram has the second lowest population density in the country next to Arunachal Pradesh, which has a population density of 17 persons per sq km.