Prime News, Karnataka, Budget, Finance, Bengaluru, March 8:- Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday (March 8) announced during the presentation of the state Budget that the government will not be levying any additional taxes. However, he said that the tax levied on fuel will stay the same. He said this was due to the pandemic, as it affected everyone adversely.
Other announcements during the state Budget include a focus on regional developments. The Chief Minister announced packages to support small enterprises such as those making food products like pickles, Koppal’s indigenous toys, etc. The budget also focussed on infrastructural developments and women’s welfare.
The Chief Minister, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic will be evident in the budget. During his speech, he said that there will be a shortfall in revenue collection for the present fiscal (for the year ending March 31, 2021) vis-a-vis the estimates in last year’s budget. He also added 14 lakh tonnes worth of food grain was grown during the year despite 20% of the produce being destroyed due to floods. This is 1.04 lakh more tonnes more than the last financial year.
This is the second time Yediyurappa is presenting a full-fledged Budget in his current term as the Chief Minister and is his eighth budget overall. The opposition legislators from Congress, led by Siddaramaiah, created a ruckus in the House and walked out before the budget presentation.
The Karnataka government’s Jaladhare scheme to be integrated with Centre’s Jala Jeevan Mission. Bulk water supply will be provided to villages from permanent water sources at Rs 25,740 crore, announced the Chief Minister
Integrated theme park to come up downstream of Kabini Reservoir in Mysuru district under PPP model at a cost of Rs 50 crore. Tourism Department to implement projects worth Rs 500 crore. Weekend Tourism Circuits to be identified around Bengaluru, Yediyurappa announced.
The chief minister also allocated Rs 1 crore for staging the theatrical performance of noted writer Dr S L Bhyrappa’s ‘Parva’ through Rangayana in the state.
“Rs 2 crore allocated for Tele-ICU facilities. Regional cancer centres along the lines of Kidwai Hospital will be opened in Mysuru and Shivamogga at a cost of Rs 100 crore, Yediyurappa announced.
“Around 150 government ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) to be upgraded at a cost of Rs 4,636 crore to train human resources. This project is in collaboration with TATA Technologies Limited. TATA to bear 88% of the cost and state 12% equal to Rs 657 crore. Various engineering divisions of RDPR (Rural Development and Panchayat Raj) to be merged into one to reduce administrative expenditure. Rs 1,500 crore grant will be provided for Kalyana Karnataka Development Board,” Yediyurappa said.
Yediyurappa announced a package of Rs 200 crore in the budget for the all-round progress of Christian community. A budget of Rs 1,500 crore is reserved for the progress or minority communities.
Christian community leaders including the Christian Development Board chairman Joylus D’ Souza have expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Yediyurappa for the announcement.
The chief minister also announced Rs 10 crore for construction of a Karnataka pilgrim home at Sri Ram Janmabhoomi.
“Rs 100 crore approved for the development of 50 schools under the Kendriya Vidyalaya model. Rs 100 crore for constructing toilets in schools and colleges. Further, under the new ‘Samarthya-Sarathya’ programme, Rs 5 crore allocated to train 5 lakh students for competitive exams, Yediyurappa announced. “Agricultural Produce Market Committees to be computerised at a cost of Rs 198 crore.”
The chief minister announced special women bus passes ‘Vanitha Sangathi’ to be provided with rebate along with special loan up to Rs 2 crore with 4 per cent interest rate to women entrepreneurs, announced the Chief Minister. (MR, NGB, Inputs: Agencies)