A baby girl born on New Year’s Day in Bengaluru has gifted Rs 5 lakh by Mayor R Sampath from the Mayor’s Special Fund. The civic-run hospital where she was born announced that she would also get free education up to the degree level. While four girls were born at midnight at Dr Nagaraju Memorial Maternity Hospital in Rajajinagar VI Block, the award money went to the baby who was delivered first. The baby was born to Pushpa and Gopi who is a salesperson. Mayor Sampath Raj visited the hospital on Monday morning. Pushpa was admitted to the BBMP Maternity Hospital Rajaji Nagar around 9:30 pm on December 31 and she gave birth to the baby at 12:05 am.
The award money will be put in a fixed deposit in a joint account in the name of the baby and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner, and interest will fund the girl’s education, Mayor said. The FD will mature when the girl becomes an adult. IANS quoted BBMP’s spokesperson L Suresh as saying, “The first baby girl born five minutes after Sunday midnight in the New Year at the Rajajinagar 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”.
Gopi added saying, “We are very grateful to the civic authorities for this scheme and helping us with our child’s education”. Sampath Raj also 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. Pregnant women, who go to civic hospitals for delivery, are generally from poor families and unfortunately think a girl child is a burden to bring her up.