CM Siddaramaiah presents Nava Karnataka Budget 2018: key highlights

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presents the last budget of his current tenures on Friday. 

Here are the key highlights from the Nava Karnataka Budget 2018:

With a Budgetary Allocation of Rs 5,849 crore for the Department of Agriculture in 2018-19, the Government of Karnataka is committed to empower farmers in the state with a host of programmes. 

  • Rs 845 crore earmarked for Karnataka Raitha Suraksha Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojna
  • Rs 600 crore earmarked for Krishi Bhagya
  • Rs 50 crore earmarked fir area under Organic Farming to be extended by 1.5 lakh hectares
  • New Agriculture College to be set up in Chamrajanagar
  • Rs 24 crore allotted to increase Millet Farming to 60,000 hectares

Launching of Raita Belaku to empower 70 lakh dry land farmers across Karnataka with economic independence. This will be the nation’s biggest programme in terms of area covered and number of farmers impacted.

  • Dry land farmers to get guaranteed annual income between Rs 5,000-Rs 10,000 per hectare 
  • 70 lakh dry land farmers to benefit
  • Biggest national programme in terms of area covered (64 lakh hectares) and number of farmers impacted
  • 3,500 crores allocated

In a major thrust to higher education for girls, Government of Karnataka will provide free education to girls studying in pre-university course (PUC), degree and post-graduate (PG) courses in govt colleges, with a budgetary allocation of Rs 95 crore for 2018-19. 3.7 lakh girl students to benefit.

Giving a major thrust to education across Karnatak the budget announced:

  • 100 Karnataka Public Schools (Upto 12th standard) at Gram Panchayat Level to be set up at a cost of Rs 5 crore
  • Science Centres to be established in all Government High Schools and PU Colleges at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore
  • To set up Basava Study Centre in Mysuru University at a cost of Rs 2 crore
  • Government Schools completing 100 years to be developed as Heritage Schools

In the budget tabled, Siddramaiah said that Karnataka becomes the first state to launch Universal Health Coverage, the much awaited ‘Aarogya Karnataka’ scheme will be launched in February 2018. It will provide primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare to all citizens.

Along with launching 'Aarogya Karnataka', Nava Karnataka Budget 2018 gives a major thrust to health and wellness across the state. 

  • 9,000 Sub Centres across Karnataka to be upgraded as Health and Wellness Centres
  • 1,000 Bed Strength to be added in Bengaluru Medical College and Research Institute
  • Hospital Building to be constructed in Gadag, Koppal and Chamrajnagar Medical Colleges
  •  All District and Taluk Hospitals to be certified under National Accreditation Board for Hospitals to improve Quality Services

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