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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barely a minute old , city girl has saving account

Agra: A minute-old baby girl in the city has become the youngest account holder under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana (SSY), according to the city's Agra postal department.

SSY was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January for welfare of girl child across the country.

Laxmi Kumar, born on Saturday at 11.10am, breaks the previous record set by another Agra-born infant. The previous record of opening an account, held briefly by Ankita Devi Kashyap, was ten minutes.
The records have been tumbling due to the local postal department's endeavour to promptly open saving accounts of baby girls under SSY.

Besides tracking birth of every infant in the district hospital, the postal department is also suggesting names of the baby to ensure that an SSY account is registered in record time.

Vinod Kumar, director of postal services for Agra region, said, "We are going to send an entry to the Guinness Book of World Record as Laxmi is the youngest girl to have a saving account."

The central government's scheme for girl child has had many takers in Agra region. The general post office (GPO) of Agra has opened 89,000 saving accounts till May 15, the highest tally in Uttar Pradesh.

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