Friday February 18, 2000


DELHI, Feb 18 ( – The Indian government announced Tuesday a new population control program targeting the poor. Health and Family Welfare Minister, N.T. Shanmugam said the programme offers 16 “incentives” for sterilization and other population reduction schemes. The BBC reports that “incentives for sterilization carry a great deal of negative weight in India, where people still remember forced vasectomy schemes brought in during the 1970s by the son of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.”

The Times of India notes that the incentives include, “Couples below the poverty line who undergo sterilization after two children will be eligible for health insurance plan.”

Of note, India is one of the 13 countries targeted specifically for depopulation in the NSSM 200 document which outlines US foreign policy. NSSM 200 states that population growth in the developing world threatens U.S. security in four basic ways: First, certain large nations stand to gain significant political power and influence as a result of their growing populations; second, the United States and its western allies have a vital interest in strategic materials which have to be imported from less-developed countries; third, societies with high birthrates have large numbers of young people, who are more likely than older people to challenge global power structures; fourth, population growth in relatively-disadvantaged countries jeopardizes U.S. investments.

See the Times and BBC reports at:…

See NSSM 200 in handy Acrobat format with section links at

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