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Every newborn girl child to get Rs 11,000 fixed deposit now

In a bid to bridge gender inequality, one of India’s largest healthcare network, Oxxy has announced to give a fixed deposit worth Rs 11,000 to every registered newborn girl to help fund her education or professional goals.

Under the Oxxy Girl Child Development Programme, every girl born in the country, whose parents register for the same, will be given Rs 11,000 fixed deposit at the time of birth.

“This is irrespective of the religion, social status or geographical location of the parents,” Oxxy said in a statement. The programme is designed to make girls financially independent.

“Girls could use this money judiciously at 18, when they are an adult. It may be used for their education, professional goals or whatever they want to do. The money is for them to enable a better future for themselves and no one else will have any right on it,” it said.

Under the programme, an expecting mother has to register before she is three-months pregnant. The organisational support shall guide her as per the global recommended tests so that the baby is healthier and mother can also be taken care of.

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