India, Oct. 22 -- A government scheme that offers cash assistance to encourage Parsi couples to have children has resulted in 214 births over the last five years through assisted reproductive techniques (ART), according to officials aware of the development.

Buoyed by the results, the government is considering allocating more funds for the scheme for the next financial year, they added.

The Centre announced the Jiyo Parsi Scheme in September 2013 to check the declining Parsi population. According to the Union minority affairs ministry, the population declined from about 114,000 in 1941 to 57,264 in 2011.

There is no clarity on the fertility rate in the community, but ministry officials estimate it is under one per woman.

The officials...