Authorities in western India are offering to pay for a second honeymoon for couples who delay the birth of their first child by two years in an attempt to control birth rates.

The offer, called the "Honeymoon Package", is being made by authorities in Satara district in the state of Maharashtra.

Couples delaying the birth of their first child by two years would get a honeymoon package worth 5,000 rupees (£61) and around 7,500 rupees (£91) if they can hold off for three years.

"The money is sufficient for a couple to enjoy a second honeymoon for two or three days at a favourite destination," district health officer V.H. Mohite was quoted as saying.

Satara has a population of about 3 million. A recent survey found that the district registered about 25,000 marriages every year and 87 percent of the newly weds had a child in the first year of marriage.

Authorities hope that if 20 percent of couples take up the offer, the birth of more than 4,000 babies could be delayed every year.

via Arbroath