It’s really sad to hear that even in the days of Information Technology, social networks, smart phones, cloud, and reach-ability to the masses, to the rural masses in particular through startup apps., these kind of measures are required.
India technology evangelists and entrepreneurs should invest in making awareness creation solutions to not to have babies. Most of the work will be done mentally, when we plant these ideas of other options available rather than to have babies, and physical measures like sterilization will come down.
If you look at India broadly, 70% is rural and 30% is urban/semi-urban. Solutions like ‘Make In India’ which are destined to boost the Indian economy, should focus on the rural areas where the unemployment is the most, and generate job opportunities, such that people don’t generate babies for labour.
And the urban folks have the adoption option. The Ministry of Women and Child Development, India under the able leadership of Mrs. Menaka Gandhi, is streamlining the CARA process and making adoption easy and hassle-free. If only people can reject the stigma surrounding ‘It’s not MY child!’, things will be a lot better.
So, good work is being done, but we need to invest in data gathering, sharing and awareness creation. Will the India tech. entrepreneurs take note?