Published: 02nd January 2018
Baby girl born on New Year to have her education funded by the Bengaluru Civic Authorities
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will make a fixed deposit of Rs 5 lakh under the name of its Commissioner and the child in what is a move to encourage the birth of girl children
An infant girl born at 00:05 on Monday (New Year) at a civic hospital in the city's western suburb will now get free education up to the degree level from the city's civic body, said an official. In a bid to celebrate the girl child and encourage her education, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had earlier announced that the first girl child in a civic hospital on the New Year would be given free education.
"The first baby girl born five minutes after Sunday midnight in the New Year at Rajaji Nagar Civic Hospital has been chosen for free education up to under-graduation from the interest earned out of Rs 5 lakh that will be deposited in a bank by the BBMP," spokesman L Suresh said.
The lucky baby, born to Pushpa M (25) and Gopi M (25), is also their first child. "We are very grateful to the civic authorities for this scheme and for helping us with our child's education," the child's father said.
"The first baby girl born on January 1 through a normal delivery at any civic hospital in the city would get free education up to degree level in a college so that girls are not considered a burden," Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj had earlier said. "Pregnant women, who go to civic hospitals for delivery, are generally from poor families and unfortunately think a girl child is a burden to be brought up," Raj had remarked earlier.
The interest of around 6.5 to 7 percent per year on the amount will be used for the child's education. The infant's mother works on contract at the State Secretariat, while the father also works on a contract basis as a sales engineer in the city. "My wife and I together manage to make less than about Rs 20,000 each month after all the work we put in. This scheme will definitely help us and our child," Gopi said.
"We hope our girl gets a good education. We dream to see her become a politician one day," he added. Since a Caesarean section birth can be induced any time, the civic doctors had decided to reward only the girl child born through a natural process. Out of 32 health centres in the city that are run by the civic body, 26 are maternity hospitals.