An estimated 50 million Indians are expected to reach the age of 80 by the end of this decade, according to a report by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and the World Knowledge Forum.
“We have no choice but to take a decision to keep our kids with us,” said an unnamed mother of two who had a son and daughter in the last three years.
“There is nothing we can do about it,” said a mother of three with two children in the age range of 20 to 29 years old.
The survey found that the average age of parents with two or more children was 62 years old and that the median age of the parents with only one child was 64 years old, indicating a steep decline in the number of families with children.
The study also found that about half of the households surveyed had fewer than 20 children.
A mother of five in the 20 to 34 age group said that she was concerned that her children were not being taken care of because of the high cost of childcare and she was worried that her daughter would not be able to live a normal life.
“I worry that if I have a child, that it will take over the entire family,” she said.
“The burden of caring for a child in a family is huge.”
The survey also found the vast majority of parents were not taking their children to school as they would like, and that most of them were not willing to pay more than the monthly cost of their childrens school education.
“Our children do not have any financial help from their parents, nor do they have any support from the state government or the local council,” said one woman.
“It is a difficult situation.”
Another respondent said that her parents have not paid the monthly rent of their home in the past year.
“My parents are doing everything they can but they can’t,” said another respondent.
The average monthly income of a family with children is Rs.1,300, and the average monthly monthly child-care cost of Rs.2,500.
The NSSO said the study was part of a nationwide survey of knowledge and knowledge-based activities of the society, including online and offline learning.
About 30 percent of the respondents had been using online learning platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, and Khan Academy, while about 12 percent of respondents were using online courses such as Udacity.
“What we found is that the vast number of parents are using online platforms,” said Anuj Sharma, a researcher at the NSSP.
“They are also using these platforms to share their thoughts and opinions and to share what they learn.
They are using these to share the knowledge that they have.”