List of Schemes & Initiatives for Farmers, Women & Youth under Karnataka Budget 2018-19

Published Date - 20 February 2018 02:11:23 Updated Date - 20 February 2018 02:17:41

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday announced a slew of schemes targeting farmers, women and students as he wooed cross-section of voters ahead of the assembly polls slated for May.

Siddaramaiah, who also holds the finance portfolio, even used a catch phrase of his political rival, BJP, to drive home his message to the voters ahead of the polls, which many believe could throw up a huge challenge to the ruling Congress.

“This is the real meaning of inclusiveness. This is sabka saath, sabka vikas (development for all and with all),” the chief minister told the media, using a slogan popularised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This is not an election budget, this is a sensible budget,” Siddaramaiah said. “It is prudent keeping in mind the fact that we will be voted back to power and will have to implement it.”

The chief minister gave the biggest largesse to farmers in his budget for 2018-19, in a new scheme for dry-land farmers called the ‘Raitha Belaku’, under which seven million farmers will get Rs 5,000 per hectare through direct bank transfer.

The amount will be capped at Rs 10,000 per person, he said adding that Karnataka has the second highest proportion of dry land, lower only to Rajasthan. The agriculture sector allocation was increased from Rs 5,080 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 5,849 this time around.

The chief minister said girl students studying in government colleges would be exempt from paying fees from the pre-university to the post-graduation level.

Siddaramaiah also announced the roll-out of an universal health coverage scheme, called Aarogya Karnataka, although he said the modalities of the scheme would be announced in due course. An amount of Rs 1,500 crore has been set aside for this.

Under another scheme, the Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya Yojana, the government will provide free LPG connections with twin burner stoves and two refills to three million beneficiaries, with an outlay of Rs 1,350 crore.

The chief minister also proposed to launch a Basava Study Centre at the University of Mysore with a grant of Rs 2 crore. The scheme is a nod to the Lingayat sect, which was founded by 12th century philosopher Basavanna.

There was also an increase in grants given for inter-caste marriages in the budget.

“For eradication of untouchability, incentive amount will be increased from existing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for a scheduled caste boy marrying a girl from another caste and from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for a scheduled caste girl marrying a boy from another caste. In the same model, incentive of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh will be given for the marriage of female and male children of Devadasis.”

The chief minister said the state’s GSDP had grown at 8.5%, as opposed to 7.5% in the previous year.

“We have also maintained fiscal discipline as the deficit was 2.54%, and we have projected it at 2.49% in the coming financial year, much below the 3% mandated by the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act.”

Siddaramaiah said that the state’s liabilities were within the limit prescribed by law of 25%, and criticised opposition parties for allegedly trying to mislead the people. “In 2018-19, we project liabilities to be 20.36%,” he said.

The chief minister also did not waste the opportunity to throw barbs at the central government in his budget speech.

“Demonetisation hit both the supply as well as the demand side, leading to an overall slowdown in the economy. This has impacted not only the economy but also the State Finances. Revenues from all taxes, especially stamp duty and registration fee, were adversely impacted due to demonetisation,” he said.

For the first time, the budget crossed the Rs 2 lakh crore mark in Karnataka. This was Siddaramaiah’s 13th budget, the most by any finance minister of the state.

The state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa criticised the budget for aiming to appease various sections of society. “Now that elections are scheduled to be held in about two months, there is a big question mark over implementation,” he said.

Yeddyurappa said various departments of the government had failed to utilise even 50% of the allocated amount in 2017-18. “Now by announcing new schemes the chief minister has again proved that these slogans will remain slogans,” he added.

Narendar Pani, a political analyst and a faculty at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, said the budget was along expected lines.

“It definitely reads like a manifesto,” he said, adding that it was clearly an election-oriented budget.

Pani said Siddaramaiah’s strength was his conscious decision to try and reach schemes beyond his vote base.

“There is definitely an election-based strategy with the emphasis on dry-land agriculture and in attempting to move industry beyond Bengaluru,” he said.

Karnataka Budget 2018-19 – Schemes & Initiatives

Below are the highlights and important features of this year’s Karnataka Budget:-

  • Farmers –
  • Karnataka govt. has launched Raita Belaku Scheme for Dry Land Farmers to encourage them along with their economic independence. This scheme will ensure guaranteed annual income of Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10000 per hectare to the farmers. Subsequently, this scheme will benefit around 70 lakh farmers with a total outlay of Rs. 3500 crore. This is the biggest national programme in terms of area covered (64 lakh hectares) and no of farmers impacted
  • he state govt. has allotted Rs. 845 crore for Karnataka Raitha Suraksha Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
  • As a major step towards uplifting of farmers, govt. allots Rs. 600 crore for Krishi Bhagya Yojana.
  • Govt. will extend the area under organic farming to 1.5 lakh hectares with a total outlay of Rs. 50 crore. Moreover, govt. will also set up an agricultural college in Chamrajanagar.
  • Henceforth, govt. has allocated Rs. 24 crore to promote Millet Farming to around 60,000 hectares.
  • Furthermore, govt. has also announced Farm Loan Waiver of upto Rs. 1 Lakh from cooperative banks in case of death of the farmers.
  • Health Care –
    • Karnataka govt. has launched Arogya Karnataka Scheme for citizens. This scheme will ensure primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities to all the citizens. Subsequently, this scheme will provide Universal Health Coverage through the UHC Cards. Govt. is going to launch this scheme in February 2018.
    • The state govt. will upgrade 9000 sub centers as Health and Wellness Centers.
    • As a major step towards quality healthcare, govt. will open 100 bed ward in Bengaluru Medical College and Research institute..
    • Moreover, govt. is going to construct hospital buildings in Gadag, Koppal & Chamrajnagar Medical Colleges.
    • Furthermore, govt. will certify all the district and taluk hospitals under National Accreditation Board.
  • Education –
    • Karnataka govt. is going to provide free higher education to the girls of govt. colleges. This scheme will provide free education to girls studying in PUC, Degree and Post Graduate (PG) courses in government colleges. Subsequently, this scheme will improve the overall quality of education. This scheme will benefit 3.7 lakh girl students with total outlay of Rs. 95 crore
  • The state govt. will open 100 Karnataka Public Schools (up to 12th standard) at Gram Panchayat level with total outlay of Rs. 5 crore.
  • As a major step towards quality education, govt. will open science centers in all Govt. High Schools and PU Colleges with total outlay of Rs. 7.5 crore.
  • Moreover, Karnataka govt. is going to open Basava Study Center in Mysuru University with Rs. 2 crore budget.
  • Henceforth, all the govt. schools which have completed 100 years will get declared and developed as Heritage Schools.
  • Karnataka govt. is going to provide free bus pass to all the students. The state govt. will distribute free bus passes in Karnataka in order to remove the hindrance of transport expenses for students going to various schools and colleges.
    • Furthermore, the state govt. will install CCTV cameras at all the govt. schools to ensure safety of students.
  • Youth Skill Development –
    • The state govt. is going to provide computer lab facilities in 120 ITIs with total outlay of Rs. 10 crore under PPP Model.
    • Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Training will provide training to 2.5 lakh people.
    • Furthermore, govt. is going to extend DISHA Scheme to all districts to provide training to 1 lakh entrepreneurs with total cost of Rs. 2 crore.

Women –

  • Karnataka govt. is going to launch Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya Yojana to provide free LPG connections to women. Subsequently, this scheme will encourage them towards a smoke free India. Under this scheme, women will get gas connection with 2 Burner Gas Stove and 2 Refill Cylinders absolutely free of cost. The state govt. has allotted Rs. 1350 crore for the successful implementation of this scheme. Accordingly, this scheme will benefit 30 lakh women.
    • Karnataka govt. is going to provide Incentive of Rs. 3 lakh to SC Boy who marries a girl from other caste. Moreover, govt. will provide Rs. 5 lakh as incentive to an SC Girl for marrying a boy of any other caste.
    • For women empowerment, govt. will provide Rs. 50,000 loan to the women and fisherman at 0% interest rate.
    • Furthermore, govt. will provide skill training to women working in IT Sector who are making return after long break / maternity leave.
  • Digital Karnataka –
    • Karnataka govt. has launched E-Kshana to ease down the process of getting Caste, Residence and Income Certificate online.
    • Accordingly, govt. has launched Moulya App in order to find the guidance value of any immovable property.
    • Karnataka govt. will also develop Samyojane App to obtain citizen services of the Department. Furthermore, govt. will also develop Dishank App in order the Survey Number and Map of the spot where a citizen stands.
  • Towards a Socially Just Society –
    • Post Matric Hostel Students can now avail Suchi Sambhrama Kits.
    • Accordingly, to avail the benefit of reservation for backward classes, the state govt. has increased the Creamy Layer Income Limit from 6 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh.
    • Karnataka govt. has also announced that it will provide loans of upto Rs. 10 lakh to various unemployed backward class graduates. Furthermore, candidates will get these loans at just 6% interest rate for self employment.
    • The state govt. will reserve 25% of seats for Backward classes and minority students in SC / ST Post Matric Hostel.
    • Karnataka govt. will provide subsidy in the form of share capital to 100 eligible SC / ST cooperative societies.
    • Furthermore in Karnataka Budget 2018-19, there is a provision of providing loan and subsidy to 680 Manual Scavangers for Land purchase.
  • Minorities –
    • Karnataka govt. is going to launch a new scheme to provide loan and subsidy under the Professional Incentive Scheme of Minority development Corporation (MDC). This scheme will cost Rs. 30 crore to the state exchequer.
    • Moreover, the state govt. has allocated Rs. 200 crore for the welfare of Christian Community.
    • In Karnataka Budget 2018-19, govt. also decides to implement Start-Up Loan Facility Scheme for women with total outlay of Rs. 15 crore through MDC. Furthermore, govt. will also open 25 new Morarji Desai Residential schools.
  • Inclusive Society Building – Opportunities for All –
    • Karnataka govt. is going to open 250 Urban Anganwadis with total cost of Rs. 17.5 crore. In addition to this, there is a provision to open 100 mobile anganwadis and creches at work places with cost of around Rs. 10 crore for the benefit of labourers.
    • Moreover, the loan amount under Udyogini Scheme is now Rs. 3 lakh (previously Rs. 1 lakh).
    • Furthermore, there is 4% reservation in Grade A & Grade B jobs for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Karnataka Budget 2018-19 covers all of these important sections of the society. Moreover, this budget also includes some other schemes which are described below.

Karnataka Budget 2018-19 – Other Important Schemes & Initiatives

  • Govt. will establish Karnataka Innovation Authority which is presided over by the Chief Minister.
  • Accordingly for Designing of products and enterprises, govt. will establish a Center for Excellence in Design.
  • Accordingly, govt. will soon develop a Karnataka New Logistics Policy in order to create Multi Modal Transport system. In addition to this, govt. will set up Special Purpose Vehicle for Suburban Rail. In Karnataka Budget 2018-19, govt. has allocated Rs. 17000 crore and will complete this work in partnership with Indian Railways.
  • Karnataka govt. is going to develop 40 lakes and also 250 kms of footpath. Moreover, govt. will develop 110 villages which are included in BBMP.
  • The state govt. will revise the wages for 5.9 lakh government employees and an equal number of pensioners. Accordingly, govt. will spend Rs. 10,508 crore on this wage revision.
  • The state govt. has announced Rs. 2500 crore special package for Bengaluru.
  • Henceforth, govt. decides to waive off the penalties on property taxes for growth of industries. However for this move, industries must pay their principal amount in a single installment.
  • Monthly pension of the state, national and international level sportsperson is increased which now stands at Rs. 1000 (earlier 750), Rs. 1500 (previously Rs. 1000) and Rs. 2000 (earlier Rs. 1500) respectively.
  • Monthly pension of the state, national and international level wrestlers is increased which now stands at Rs. 2500 (earlier 750), Rs. 3000 (previously Rs. 1000) and Rs. 4000 (earlier Rs. 1500) respectively.
  • For Journalists, govt. has launched “Madhyama Sanjeevani Scheme”. This is a group insurance facility where govt. will provide Rs. 5 lakh to the family of the journalist in case of untimely deaths (due to accidents / casualties) while the person is on duty.
  • Moreover, the state govt. will establish “Kshema Nidhi” for the welfare of news paper distributors. For this, there is a provision of Rs. 2 crore in the budget.


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