The Rajasthan government is working on a proposal to provide horoscopes to all babies born in state-run and private hospitals and suggest a name for them based on their Hindu astrological sign.
In the first phase of the plan, the scheme will be rolled out in five government hospitals in Jaipur where newborns will be given horoscopes free of cost. In the second phase, government hospitals will charge Rs 51, and private hospitals, Rs 101, for each horoscope.
Rajasthan is home to 16,728 government hospitals and 54 registered private hospitals.
According to the proposal, the scheme may be called Rajiv Gandhi Janmapatri-Namkaran Yojana and will help promote Vedic rituals and aid parents of newborns in naming their children according to traditions.
As a pilot, the scheme will be implemented in Jaipur’s Zenana Hospital, Mahila Chikitsalaya, Kanwatiya Hospital, Jaipuria Hospital, and Sethi Colony Satellite Hospital.
Each horoscope will have a unique code, using which the parents can later download detailed analysis from the university’s website after paying Rs 200.
The scheme will be implemented by JRRSU, and Sanskrit education, medical and health, statistics and social justice and empowerment departments will be part of it.
Former education minister and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, Vasudev Devnani, welcomed the proposal. “It is a good move in the direction of promoting Vedic knowledge and Indian culture,” he said.