The Bihar government will soon start sending congratulatory message cards to parents on the birth of a girl. This will be in addition to the Rs 2,000 that is transferred into their bank account, and a tree which is planted to mark the occasion.
The government took its cue from the recently-launched initiative of the Banka administration of sending greeting cards to parents on the birth of a girl.
The congratulatory card, signed by the District Magistrate or any other senior official, reads, “Yeh jankar apar harsh hua ki aapke ghar putri ratna ki prapti hui hai. Iss khushi ke avsar par zila prashasan aapko hardik badhai deta hai. Saath hi, bachchi ke ujjwal bhavishya ki kaamna karte hain. (It gives us immense happiness to know that you are blessed with a baby girl. The district administration congratulates you and wishes for the bright future of the girl.”
Overleaf, the card mentions sundry government schemes for girls, including insurance, protection, health and marriage schemes.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said his government will replicate the novel practice in the entire state.
A senior government official in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat said, “Since Banka district has started a good practice, this will be replicated. We already have a host of monetary schemes in place to support parents of girls. The appreciation card with congratulatory message will give a further boost to parents. It can be preserved for souvenir for girls when they grow up.”
The state government, under health, education and social welfare department schemes, gives parents Rs 18,000 till the girl turns 18-years-old. The Rs 2,000, given at the time of a girl’s birth, is invested in bonds. While the government aims at tackling foeticide and infanticide with these schemes, promoting girls’ education beyond Class 10 and also preventing child marriage is the long-term objective.
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