Authorities in Satara district in Maharashtra State, Western India, are offering a second honeymoon to couples who delay the birth of their first child. The offer, called the “Honeymoon Package”, is worth 5000 rupees ($125) for a 2-year delay and 7500 rupees ($190) if the couple can hold off for three years.
Satara has a population of about 3 million. About 25000 marriages take place every year and 87% of newly-weds have a child in the first year of marriage. Authorities hope that if 20% of couples take up the offer, 4000 births can be delayed every year.
India, with 1.1 billion people, is the world’s second most populous nation. But with an annual population growth rate of 1.7%, it is expected to overtake China by 2025.