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The Mizoram government has announced a reward for families with more children



In a bid to encourage a “baby boom,” advocated by Mizoram’s churches and civil society organisations, the state’s sports minister Robert Romawia Royte, on Tuesday, distributed Rs 2.5 lakh and mementoes to 17 parents boasting of having the highest number of children in his constituency of Aizawl East-II.

Royte, who is locally known as “RRR”, had earlier on Father’s Day in June, announced cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh to living parents with the highest number of children within his constituency to encourage population growth among the demographically small Mizo communities. The Minister gave away the ‘first prize’ carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and a citation to Ngurauvi, a widow from Tuithiang locality, who bore 15 children, including 7 sons.

Lianthangi, another widow from Chhinga Veng locality who has 13 children, bagged the second prize which carried Rs 30,000 and a citation. Two women and a man, who have 12 children each, were awarded the third prize carrying Rs 20,000 each and citations.

Besides, 12 parents, who have eight children each, were given consolation prizes of Rs 5,000 each and citations.

Speaking to PTI, Royte claimed the infertility rate and the decreasing growth rate of Mizo population have become a serious concern.

However, census figures show that in 2011 the state’s population stood at 10.97 lakh, an increase of 23.48 per cent over the previous census held in 2001. Mizoram’s population had last boomed in the period 1971-1981 when the decadal growth had hit a high of 48.55 per cent and seen the population touching nearly half a million people.

The minister justifying his stand said that Mizoram is far below the optimum number of people to attain development in various fields.

“It is unacceptable and illogical to follow a two-child norm in a state like Mizoram where the density of population is only 52 persons per square kilometre against over 600 persons in other states,” he told.

Some states like Assam and Uttar Pradesh have however announced a two-child norm policy in order to curb population growth.

He said Mizoram has a population density of 52 persons per square kilometre and it needs at least 94 plus persons per square kilometre to compete with the national average. Some 87 per cent of Mizoram’s population is of indigenous Mizo tribals.

The low population figures here suggest that a uniform norm for the whole nation is detrimental to certain regions and communities,” he said.

Royte also extended support to the ongoing campaign of supporting population growth launched by certain church denominations and Young Mizo Association YMA in the state.

“Let the two- child norm be applied to states where the density of population is above the national average. The Government of India should review its uniform 2-child norm and restrict it to high population density states only,” he said.

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 square km. The national average is 382 persons per square kms.

The Central Committee of YMA and churches, including the larges denomination- Presbyterian church and Baptist church of Mizoram has been preaching a policy of encouraging `baby boom’.

Some local churches in the state had also paid out cash incentives to Mizo couples, who have more than three children, in the past.

Certain organisations like YMA and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) have also alleged that growth of population among Chakma communities in the southern part of the state is increasing at an “alarming rate”, which is solely compounded by “illegal influx” from Bangladesh.


In Madhya Pradesh, extremist Hindutva activists attacked a school under Christian management



Vidisha: Workers of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal, along with hundreds of locals, were seen barging into a school in Madhya Pradesh and throwing stones at the building on Monday, claiming religious conversion of students by the Christian Missionary institution. The violence took place while the students of Class 12 were sitting for a mathematics exam.
The St Joseph School in Ganj Basoda town of Vidisha district was targeted after allegations on social media that as many as eight students were converted by the administration. Cellphone footage showed a huge crowd outside the building, raising slogans against the school administration. The police were seen trying to disperse the crowd. The students and the school staff present had a narrow escape.

Recounting the panic as the mob threw stones at the glass windows, a student said, “Our concentration was broken, we want the exam to be held again”.

The manager of the school, Brother Antony, has claimed that he received the information of the attack a day earlier through local media, after which he alerted the police and the state administration. He accused the police of not making proper security arrangements.

He also denied the claims of religious conversion, claiming that none of the names mentioned in the complaint matches with any of the students.

The leader of the local Bajrang Dal unit, Nilesh Agrawal, demanded a thorough probe into the alleged religious conversion. “If the school’s involvement is found, it should be bulldozed,” he said.

Security arrangements were made at other missionary schools in the area after the incident.

The police said action will be taken against those responsible for the vandalism. A probe has begun into the alleged religious conversion and the school management will be questioned, said Roshan Rai, the Sub-Divisional magistrate.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had earlier written to the Vidisha district collector, seeking a probe into the allegations against the school.

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Bengaluru Christians rally against anti-conversion bill and the Survey




Bengaluru: The United Christian Forum of Karnataka on December 4 organized a peace rally in Karnataka capital of Bengaluru against a proposed anti-conversion bill and survey on Christian institutions in the southern Indian state.

The rally was initiated by the Archdiocese of Bangalore in collaboration with all Christian denominations and other Catholic dioceses in the state to condemn the government move to enact the bill and harass the minorities.

The proposed anti-Christian bill “is nothing but a license given to Hindu radical groups to attack Christians, and persecute them,” bemoaned Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore while addressing the rally.

The archbishop, who is the most vocal against the bill, said the minority Christians will never bow down before the government, nor remain afraid of its scare tactics. He called all Christians to unite and fight against the injustice meted out to their community, a tiny minority in the state.

Several political leaders, religious heads, Muslim leaders, priests, religious, pastors, and lay people attended the ally held in front of the St. Xavier’s Cathedral in Bengaluru. The gathering, which was initially planned for 25,000 people, was reduced to less than 2,000 people because of the Coronavirus pandemic
Margaret Alva, a veteran Catholic leader and a prominent politician, lambasted the BJP government for playing party politics in bringing the bill when the state is faced with several problems.

“It is a bill against the Constitution, not against the Christians alone,” Alva who observed that such bills in fact attack the democratic values and traditions of the country. “One country, one religion, One law, etc are nothing but open challenge to the secularism of our country,” she said.

“If Anti Conversion Bill really means what it is, why are they then targeting only Christians?” asked Alva, who was the general secretary of the Congress Party and held many portfolios in previous federal government. She demanded that the bill’s clauses have to be binding also on majority Hindus who actually forces Christians to convert to Hinduism.
Dwarakanath, former chairperson of the Dalit and Backward Commission, said Dalits are part of all the religions in India and they have chosen where they should belong to. “By bringing such anti conversion bills, Dalits will lose their identity itself,” he warned.

Bishop Prasannakumar Samual of the Church of South India said the Christian missionaries never involved in forced conversion or conversion with inducements. “If that was done, we should have been a majority now,” he added.

K J George, Karnataka’s former home minister and a member of the opposition Congress, said his party would oppose the bill in the state legislative assembly, when it is presented. The bill is proposed to be presented in the Assembly session starting from December 11 in Belgaum, northern Karnataka.

Archbishop Machado accused the government of having an anti-minority stand and warned that Christians will stand united and continue their humanitarian services in the community.

“If a Christian girl marries a Hindu boy and becomes Hindu, are they filing an FIR?” he asked?

“If our services were aimed at conversion, half of the country would have been Christians by now,” the archbishop said pointing out the large number of Hindus the Church serve through its education and health institutions.

The prelate called upon Catholic parishes in the state to organize peace meetings and pray for the government people, so that they may see the truth.

The background of the proposed bill was based on the allegations by Goolihatti Shekhar, a BJP member of the Legislative Council from Hosdurga, who had alleged that more than 20,000 people in his villages including his mother was “forcefully converted to Christianity.”

However, an enquiry by the government proved that no forced conversion had taken place in the villages and 45 Christian families the probe found had given in writing that they joined Christianity on their own.

Meanwhile media reports said the Anti-Conversion Bill will be ready by December 5, and tabled in the next legislature session beginning from December 13.

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രാജ്യത്ത് വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോമിനായി പുതിയ ചട്ടം വരുന്നു



വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം ചട്ടത്തിനായി കേന്ദ്രം നടപടികൾ ആരംഭിച്ചു. വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോമിന് നിയമപരമായ ചട്ടക്കൂട്ട് തയ്യാറാക്കാനാണ് കേന്ദ്രസർക്കാർ നീക്കം.

വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം ചട്ടങ്ങളിൽ ജീവനക്കാരുടെ തൊഴിൽസമയം കൃത്യമായി നിശ്ചയിക്കും. ഇന്റർനെറ്റ്, വൈദ്യുതി എന്നിവയ്ക്കുവരുന്ന ചെലവിന് വ്യവസ്ഥയുണ്ടാകും. കൊവിഡാനന്തര സാഹചര്യത്തിൽ വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം തൊഴിൽ രീതിയായി മാറുമെന്ന വിലയിരുത്തലിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് നീക്കം.

പോർചുഗലിലെ നിയമനിർമാണം മാതൃകയാക്കിയാണ് ചട്ടക്കൂട് തയ്യാറാക്കുന്നത്. നിലവിൽ ഇന്ത്യയിൽ വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോമിന് നിയമപരമായ ചട്ടക്കൂടില്ല. സ്ഥാപന ഉടമയും ജീവനക്കാരും തമ്മിലെ ധാരണയിലാണ് വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം നടക്കുന്നത്. ഈ സാഹചര്യത്തിലാണ് കേന്ദ്രം പുതിയ ചട്ടങ്ങൾ തയാറാക്കുന്നത്.

ജോലി സമയത്തിന് ശേഷം ജീവനക്കാർക്ക് മെസേജ് അയക്കുന്നത് പോർചുഗൽ നിയമവിരുദ്ധമാക്കിയിരുന്നു. തൊഴിൽ നിയമത്തിലാണ് പോർചുഗീസ് സർക്കാർ ഇത് സംബന്ധിച്ച ഭേദഗതി വരുത്തിയത്. ജോലി സമയം അല്ലാത്ത സമയത്ത് ജീവനക്കാരെ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിച്ചാൽ ഇനി മുതൽ പോർച്ചുഗലിൽ തൊഴിലാളികൾക്ക് തൊഴിലുടമകൾക്കെതിരെ നിയമപരമായി നീങ്ങാം. ഇതിന് പുറമെ ‘വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം’ ചെയ്യുന്ന ജീവനക്കാരെ സംരക്ഷിക്കുന്ന തിരത്തിലും നിയമ ഭേദഗതികൾ വരുത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.

റിമോട്ട് ജീവനക്കാർക്ക് താമസിക്കാൻ പറ്റിയ ലോകത്തെ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച രാജ്യമാണ് പോർചുഗലെന്ന് തൊഴിൽ മന്ത്രി അന്ന മെൻഡെസ് പറയുന്നു. അത്തരക്കാരെ പോർചുഗലിലേക്ക് സ്വാഗതം ചെയ്യുന്നുവെന്നും മന്ത്രി വ്യക്തമാക്കി.

കൊവിഡ് മഹാമാരി പടർന്ന് പിടിച്ചതോടെ മിക്ക തൊഴിലിടങ്ങളിലും വർക്ക് ഫ്രം ഹോം സേവനം നടപ്പാക്കിയിരുന്നു. എന്നാൽ ഇതിന്റെ മറവിൽ അധിക സമയം ജോലിയെടുപ്പിക്കൽ, ഉൾപ്പെടെ ചൂഷണങ്ങളും നടന്നിരുന്നു. ഈ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് വർക്ക്-ലൈഫ് ബാലൻസ് ഉറപ്പാക്കാൻ പുതിയ നടപടികളുമായി പോർച്ചുഗീസ് സർക്കാർ രംഗത്തെത്തിയത്.
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