Today was the last budget for Karnataka's Chief Minister Siddaramiah and the 13th state budget. The budget focused on development of agricultural sector, water conservation projects and education. Known to be from the finance background, CM Siddaramiah announced a budget outlay pegged at around Rs 2.1 lakh crore.
Here are the highlights of the Karnataka Budget 2018-19:
Rs 5,849 crore is allocated for the agriculture sector, out of which Rs 845 crore will fund the Karnataka Raitha Surkasha Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana.
Rs 50 crore is allotted to organic farming. Also, an agriculture college will be set up in Chamrajanagar district. A scheme called "Raita Belaku" was announced for the financial independence of dry land farmers across Karnataka.
Under this Rs 3,500 crore scheme, 70 lakh dryland farmers will get a guaranteed annual income between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 per hectare. CM Siddaramiah claimed is it to be the "biggest national programme in terms of area covered and the number of farmers impacted.
A Rs 2500 crore package is assigned for Bengaluru city development. Mysuru Haat will be developed at Karnataka Exhibition Authority in Mysuru, on the lines of Delhi Haat.
Excise duty imposed on liquor was increased by 8%.
Free cooking gas connection for two burner stoves and two refills to be given to 30 lakh beneficiaries.
Rs 26,846 crore was allotted towards the education sector. A Karnataka Sports University will be established under PPP model (Public Private Partnership).
CCTV cameras will be installed at all government schools in a phased manner for the safety of students, libraries will be updated, science committees will be established in high schools and pre-university colleges.
Fees of all girl students in government-run institutions will be waived till the postgraduate level and free bus passes will be given for all students across the state.
Rs 2,000 crore was announced for the environment sector out of which Rs 10 crore was allocated for watershed management. Forty-two continuous air quality monitoring stations will be set up across Karnataka at a cost of Rs 96 crore.
SC, ST and Backward Classes
An incentive of Rs 3 lakh will be given to a SC boy marrying a girl from any other caste and Rs 5 lakh for a SC girl marrying a boy from another caste. 25% reservation announced for backward classes and minority students in SC/ST post-matric hostels. An incentive of Rs 5 lakh for girl child of devadasi and Rs 3 lakh for male child of devadasi as marriage assistance announced.
Rs 6,645 crore was allotted to the healthcare sector. A Universal Health Scheme (Arogya Karnataka Yojane) will be launched this month. Additionally, 1000-bed ward was announced for Bangalore Medical College.
Farm loan waiver to the tune of Rs 1 lakh after the death of the farmer was announced which applies to primary agriculture credit co-operative societies.Loans to the tune of Rs 50,000 at 0% interest for women and fishermen will be provided.
A total of Rs 2,377 crore will be provided during the year 2018-19 for Animal Husbandry Department. Rs. 7.5 crore will be spent for modernisation of 75 sheep/goat markets in the state by providing a weighing machine, water facilities and sheep yard with wire fencing.
Wages and pension
5.9 lakh state government employees and nearly equal number of pensioners to benefit from 30 percent hike in wages revision at a cost of Rs 10,508 crore.
Rs 200 crore was allotted for the Christian community, and Rs 80 crore is provided towards programmes for the development of Jain and Sikh communities. A diversity and minority study chair will be set up in Bengaluru.