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Sikkim CM PS Tamang announces increments for Govt employees to encourage more child birth

First Published: 15th January, 2023 18:36 IST

These measures are part of the Sikkim government’s initiatives to encourage Sikkimese families to give birth to more children amid plummeting fertility rates

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang today announced increments and financial support to state government employees willing to bear more than two children.

Making the announcements today at Jorethang on the occasion of Maghey Mela, the CM said that
employees with 2 children will get one increment and those with more than two children will get two increments.

Financial support of Rs 1 lakh will be given to women in general who has more than 1 child.

Child care facilities will be available in every government office, he added.

These measures are part of the Sikkim government’s initiatives to encourage Sikkimese families to give birth to more children amid plummeting fertility rates.

Earlier, on Friday Chief Minister Tamang had announced that his government has decided to grant 365 days (one year) maternity leave to all expecting casual government women employees including probationary teachers of the education department.

A month’s paternity leave would be granted to all expecting fathers who are Sikkim government employees, the Sikkim Chief Minister had added.

The CM had expressed concern about the fertility rate declining at an alarming pace. He had earlier said that the state government would soon come out with incentives for women who would be willing to bear more than two children.

The state’s fertility rate had dropped from 2.5 in 1999 to just 1.1 in 2021 – putting the entire Siikkemese population of the state under the threat of getting out numbered and extinct.
The state government is already providing Rs 3 lakh to women interested in going for in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive a child.

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