Skip to comments.India offers cars and TV sets [and blenders] for sterilisation
Posted on 07/02/2011 12:36:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Launching the scheme yesterday in Rajasthan's Jhunjunu, 155miles west of New Delhi Sitaram Sharma the desert town's chief medical officer was hopeful that these enticements would tempt at least 30,000 people to undergo sterilisation.
"We are confident that this idea will work well" Mr Sharma said of the three-month long scheme.
The inducements on offer contributed by a local charitable trust include one Nano, the world's cheapest car for the first volunteer, five motorcycles and an equal number of colour televisions and food blenders for disbursal amongst subsequent candidates.
Others would be paid varying cash amounts that would supplement the federal government's Family Welfare scheme which offered Rs1000 (£14.20) to those undergoing vasectomy and Rs200 (2.85 Pounds) to the one who motivated them.
Under a similar incentive scheme launched two years earlier around 150 men had received gun licences in exchange for vasectomies in Central India's bandit-infested Shivpuri region.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
You know blenders and sterilization should not be in the same sentence.
Great way to take the stupid out of partnering. I wish they would offer a free years supply of marijuana for anyone that chose to be sterilized.
I knew there was some reason that struck me.
Keep in mind the people in power that come up with these ideas have huge families. Do as we say not as we do mentality at play.
If they win a cash gift they can purchase that toaster!
I thought the same thing. If someone wished to be sterilized, a blender would do a effective job.
As long as no one is being forced to participate, I think that it's an excellent method of breaking the vicious circle of poverty. Generally speaking, only those for whom a blender or a cheap vehicle is a major incentive - i.e., those so poor they shouldn't be having children - would be affected.
I'd rather that this wasn't being done by the government, but even in the U.S., it would probably be very cost-effective.
For every, say, $10,000 awarded for volunteering for sterilization, I'd bet that $100,000 in saved prison expenses, welfare expenses, etc. would result.
People who would be unmoved by the enticing short-term prospect of "more money" are probably also those who would make good parents.
Of course, there's always the possibility of it later being abused (i.e., "slippery slope").
But "demented," as you say? Not at all! Pragmatic!
Ahhh.. very good.
I can see how a blender might contribute to food-borne disease, if you didn't get it good and clean, but a television?
Lots of rot on t.v. these days so perhaps it too. Some those cable shows would make a person want to hit the sheep dip tank if watched.
That’s certainly true here ... I don’t know what basic televisions shows in India are like, although I watch a Bollywood musical on Netflix occasionally.
I am 67 . Give me a new Harley and I will allow them to sterilise me.
The people in power can also afford to feed those large families.
The idea might work here - just offer free tramp stamp tats, hair braiding, medicinal dope and pills, free Oprah cable TV, etc.
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