22 Nov 2011

Cash grant proposed for extra children

9:05 am on 22 November 2011

The government of Sri Lanka wants military and police families to have more children.

In a budget speech on Monday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that that any police officer parenting a third child would be given a one-off cash grant of 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($US910).

He said that said that giving police families cash for having a third child was the mark of a "caring society".

The BBC reports says that nearly all members of the police and military currently come from the Sinhalese ethnic majority

However, a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he would not be having a third child simply to get the grant.

"You can't bring a child up with 100,000 rupees," he said.

Sri Lanka has a relatively low fertility rate of less than two children per woman.