The first New Year baby girl born at 00:05 on Monday at a municipal hospital facility in the city’s western suburb would get free education up to the degree level.
The lucky baby girl, born to Pushpa M, 25, wife of Gopi M, 25, is also their first child. The child’s father is very grateful to the municipal authorities for this scheme. “We hope our girl gets good education. We dream to see her become a politician one day,” he added.
“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 would definitely help us and our child,” Mr Gopi said.
In a bid to celebrate girl child and encourage their 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 on January 1 through a normal delivery at municipal hospital in the city would get free education up to degree level in a college, so that girls are not considered a burden,” As Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj said.
“Pregnant women, who go to municipal hospitals for delivery, are generally from poor families and unfortunately think a girl child is a burden to bring her up,” Mr Raj had remarked earlier.
The BBMP would be making a fixed deposit of Rs. 5 lakh under the name of its Commissioner and the child. The interest of around 6.5 to 7 per cent per year on the amount would be used for the girl’s education.
Since a Caesarean section birth can be induced any time, the civic doctors had decided to reward only the girl child born through natural process. Out of 32 health centres in the city that are run by the civic body, 26 are maternity hospitals.
It’s a great initiative by BBMP to encourage girl’s education.