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CM Siddaramaiah presents State Budget 2018-19

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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah presents the last budget of his current tenure today.

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Highlights

  • More air quality monitoring stations to be set up in Karnataka to combat pollution
  • Massive afforestation programme to be taken up along banks of rivers in the state: Siddaramaiah
  • A vented dam under Paschimavahini scheme to be built in Dakshina Kannada district: Siddaramaiah
  • CM Siddaramaiah announces Rs 2500 crore package for Bengaluru
  • Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya Yojane or free gas connection project of state government to see twin burner stove and two refills for 30 lakh beneficiaries
  • Government to setup Karnataka Sports University under PPP model
  • Incentive of Rs 3 lakh for a SC boy marrying a girl from any other caste and Rs 5 lakh for a Scheduled Caste girl marrying a boy from another caste
  • 25% reservation announced for backward classes and minority students in SC/ST post-matric hostels
  • Incentive of Rs 5 lakh for girl child of devadasi and Rs 3 lakh for male child of devadasi as marriage assistance announced
  • Additional 1000-bed ward announced for Bangalore Medical College
  • Arogya Karnataka Yojane or universal health scheme to be launched in February
  • CCTV cameras to be installed at all government schools in a phased manner for safety of students
  • Farm loan waiver to the tune of Rs 1 lakh from cooperative banks after the death of the farmer announced
  • CM announces loans to the tune of Rs 50000 at 0% interest for women and fishermen
  • 5.9 lakh government employees and nearly equal number of pensioners to benefit from wage revision, it will cast additional burden of Rs 10508 crore on exchequer
  • Demonetisation has hurt states finances: CM Siddaramaiah
  • CM announces ‘Raitha Belaku’ scheme to benefit 70 lakh dry land farmers with Rs 5000 per hectare up to a maximum of Rs 10000
  • Today no one sleeps hungry in Karnataka, ours is a pro-farmer govt: Siddaramaiah
  • I am not an economist, but political experience of over 40 years has proved that even a farmer’s son can undertake this onerous task: Siddaramaiah
  • CM Siddaramaiah starts presenting budget for 2018-19
  • Siddaramaiah will be only the second chief minister in the state to complete a full five-year term – four decades after Devaraj Urs (1972-78)
  • Siddaramaiah, 69, has presented 12 budgets so far including five as chief minister since 2013

Highlights of the 2017-18

  • Rs 1.9 lakh crore outlay
  • Increase in VAT on wine, beer and hard liquor
  • Rice quota under Anna Bhagya scheme increased from 5kg to 7kg
  • Bengaluru Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) on the lines of London School of Economics to be established
  • Namma canteen to serve breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch for Rs 10 and Saviruchi Mobile Canteens in all 30 districts through Zilla Stree Shakthi associations
  • New free LPG service scheme for 5 lakh poor families not covered under the Ujjvala scheme announced
  • Five super-specialty hospitals proposed in Davanagere, Ramanagara, Tumakuru, Vijayapura and Kolar for cancer and heart ailment treatment
  • Shoes, socks, churidars for girl students from Class 8 to 10, spectacles and story books with social message proposed for school children
  • Free laptops for 1st year engineering, medical, polytechnic and first grade colleges proposed

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