Karnataka Budget 2018 updates: Ahead of elections, Siddaramaiah announces plans to woo youth, women voters

By: | Updated: February 16, 2018 4:29 PM

Karnataka Budget 2018 LIVE updates: Ahead of the high-octane electoral battle in Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presents his record 13th Budget today.

karnataka budget 2018 siddaramaiahKarnataka budget 2018: Siddaramaiah (seen with Rahul Gandhi) will present his 13th Budget today. (Representative image/PTI file)

Karnataka Budget 2018 LIVE updates: Ahead of the high-octane electoral battle in Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is presenting his record 13th Budget today. Siddaramaiah also holds the Finance portfolio of Karnataka. Today is his record 13th state budget and 6th in a row, though it will be only a vote-on-account budget in view of the upcoming election.

Siddaramaiah had earlier presented six budgets as Karnataka CM since 2013 and seven as Deputy Chief Minister in the first Congress-Janata Dal coalition government between 2005-2007 and also in the then Janata Dal-United (JD-U) government between 1995-2000. He has presented seven budgets under three chief ministers – H.D Deve Gowda, J.H. Patel and N Dharam Singh. For the record, Siddaramiah is also the second chief minister of Karnataka to have completed a full five-year term as the CM. Between 1972-78, Devaraj Urs was the first CM who had completed the five-year term.

Check LIVE updates of Karnataka Budget 2018; Highlights

    • Special coaching to 2000 candidates for IAS KAS and other competitive exams.
    •  Rs 1 crore grant to Department of Science and Technology Scholarship for research students in Science and Engineering.
    • Rs 2500 crore for Bengaluru.
    • Rs 10 crore for 100 mobile Anganwadi Centers/creches
    • Rs 200 crore for hospitals in medical colleges of Gadag, Koppal, Chamarajanagar.
    • Rs 1350 crore for Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya Yojana to provide free gas connection with twin burner stove, two refills to 30 lakh beneficiaries.
    • Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya Yojana
    • Rs 794 crore to Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Department.
    • In next 5 years, 20 lakh houses in rural and urban areas.
    • Water supply connection to all households of 10 cities during 2018-19.
    • For solid waste management, power generation plants to be introduced in 4 divisions of Karnataka.
    • 11 new industrial townships in districts – Koppal, Bellary, Yadgir, Dharwad, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Bengaluru rural and Ramanagara.
    • Kuvempu’s Mysuru residence Udaya Ravi to be preserved and developed as National Poet Monument.
    • Small tree depots to be set up at taluk or district centres.
    • Science committees in all high schools and PU colleges and mobile science laboratories in all districts.
    • Heritage school tag to 100 primary and high schools that have completed 100 years.
    • Rs 5 crore for Digital library facility for 10 lakh government high school and PU college students
    • 176 integrated schools in every gram panchayats; This year 100 integrated ‘Karnataka Public Schools to be opened;
    • Rs 1137 irrigation scheme for Belagavi; Rs 190 crore for Bagalkot; Rs 50 crore for Hassan.
    • Ten KSRTC double-decker buses to run between cities.
    • CCTV cameras in 1000 BMTC buses under Nirbhaya scheme.
    • Creamy layer income limit for reservation benefits under backward class category increased to Rs 8 lakh from Rs 6 lakh.
    • Rs 2000 per month for five years along with ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to be provided to people killed by wild animals.
    • Rs 237 crore to youth empowerment and sports department.
    • Sports hostel for women in five districts; youth helpline to provide information about education, employment.
    • Karnataka Sports University under PPP.
    • Higher education in foreign universities for 750 backward class students in next five years; 150 students in 2018-19.
    • Rs 2.5 crore grant for 2500 trawl boats at Rs 10,000 each.
    • Silk Museum at Talghattapura’s Karnataka State Silk Research and Development Institute.
    • Government to carry out a feasibility study of the project for construction of balancing reservoir through flood flow canal near Navile.
    • Rs 50 crore for the project to fill Mantur tank in Mudhol taluk of district Bagalkot.
    • Rs 14,136 crore to the energy department.
      Rs 147 crore to e-governance department.
    • Sakaala 2.0 to be upgraded.
    • “Faceless, cashless and paperless” services to be made available.
    • Karnataka budget 2018: Water Resources Department’s outlay at Rs 15,998 crore.
    • Toilets for women at all police stations.

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    • A permanent memorial to honour police bravery.
    • Nirbhaya kendras at all police commissioner’s office.
    • Video-linking facility for all district prisons and courts.
    • Rs 85 crore-high security prison in Mangaluru.
    • 50 fire stations in new taluks in 5 years.Rs 6647 crore to Home department.
    • Direct job for state’s athletes in state police department for excelling in national, international level sports
    • Rs 2377 crore to Animal Husbandry department.
    • Sheep/goat markets to be modernised; Rs 7.5 crore announced.
    • Rs 1681 crore for commerce and industries department.
    • Startup incubation centre in Kalaburgi at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
    • 25% more women to be recruited in police department in the next five years.
    • New agriculture research centre to be set up at Muddebihala in district Vijaypura.
    • Govt. approved tree plantation drive of 1km on both sides of rivers. Priority to exotic fruits like Rambutan, Litchi, Avocado etc.
    • Rs 995 crore to Horticulture detartment.
    • Rs 20,000 compensation in case of fire accidents to stacks of crop.

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  • Mysuru Haat on the lines of Delhi Haat to be set up at Karnataka Exhibition Authority in Mysuru.
  • Rs 1681 crore allocated to commerce and industries department. Skin processing and tanning centre to be set up at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
  • State GDP growth in last fiscal at 8.5%.
  • 8% Excise duty increase.
  • 150-km Bengaluru roads, 88 lakes to be rejuvenated.
  • Raitha Belaku scheme – Rs 5000 per hectare till Rs 10,000 for each farmer growing rain-fed crops.
  • Farm loan waiver up to Rs 1 lakh from cooperative banks after the death of the farmer.
  • Fisherwomen to get Rs 50,000 zero interest loans.
  • Free bus pass for students of state in government buses.
  • Karnataka Budget 2018 – CM says that demonetisation “shadowed” the state’s financial situation which was further hit by the GST.
  • Karnataka Budget 2018 – CM says that “frequent” changes in GST rates and IT glitches affected tax collection in the state in the previous fiscal. Siddaramiah claims that Karnataka today is number 1 on many parameters among states of the country. He says the state is no.1 in development and cites facilities like interest-free loans for farmers, Indira Canteens etc.
  • Karnataka Budget 2018 – Siddaramaih presents a Rs 1.62 lakh crore budget outlay. He was expected to present over Rs 2 lakh crore budget outlay. CM announced that Karnataka has a fiscal deficit of Rs 35,127 crore while the revenue surplus stands at Rs 127 crore.
  • At the start of his budget speech, Siddaramaiah praised the “beauty of democracy” which has allowed him, a farmer’s son, to present 13th Budget of the state. About the need for the budget, he says it is people’s right to demand accountability from the government.
  • Siddaramaiah is presenting his 13th Budget today.
  • Siddaramaiah is in Karnataka assembly. The chief minister welcomes Cauvery Verdict, says he is “happy” with the Supreme Court judgement.
  • Centre for excellence in design to be set up in the state.
  • Rs 1681 crore allocated to commerce and industries department. Skin processing and tanning centre to be set up at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
  • Fellowship for students working in field of software development
  • Semi-Conductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SEAL) to be set up.
  • Start-up incubation centre in Kalburgi to be set up.
  • Cauvery Verdict Out! Meanwhile, in a good news for Karnataka, the Supreme Court has delivered a balanced judgement in the Cauvery Water Dispute case. “177.25 TMC of Cauvery water to be released for Tamil Nadu, decides Supreme Court. Karnataka to get an additional 14.75 TMC, says Supreme Court. Supreme Court said that 20 TMC of groundwater in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for & needed to be seen,” SC said as per ANI.
  • Siddaramiah tweets, “In 1994, I presented my first State Budget as Fin Min. 24 years later, as I get ready to present my 13th Budget today, I look back on the journey of Karnataka with extreme pride. We have made progress in all sectors & scripted a series of national firsts.”
  • NavaKarnataka Budget! Siddaramaiah says, “In the past 5 years, our Govt has taken forward the state’s legacy of growth & enterprise, while also fulfilling the needs & aspirations of all our citizens. This year too, we are committed to take this forward with the Nava Karnataka Budget 2018.”
  • “Before tabling the Karnataka Budget 2018, Siddaramaiah posted a number of tweets. “Looking forward to presenting my 13th Budget as CM/FM. It has been a great journey of 4 decades as a farmer’s leader, as a Kannada Activitist, as a Minister, as a Leader of Opposition & as CM Have changed policy in favour of the poor. There is more to do,” CM tweets.

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