Karnataka to Provide Free Education to All Girls till Post Graduation

Siddaramaiah arriving to present one of his earlier state Budgets

With effective enforcement and regulatory measures, the department would be able to achieve the target of Rs 18,750 crore fixed for the fiscal 2018-19.

Putting emphasis on the government's commitment to farmers, the chief minister said, "I'm a farmer's son and I know the problems faced by the farmers".

He announced, in his three-hour-long budget speech, 0 % rate of interest on loans up to ₹ 50,000 for fishermen, increase of old age pension from ₹ 500 to ₹ 600 for the benefit of 48 lakh aged persons and destitute, and universal health care for all.

To provide debt relief to farmers affected by successive droughts, the Karnataka government announced a debt waiver scheme with a total implication of Rs 8165 cr, which will benefit 22,27,506 farmers.

"From the point of view of Industry, we must thank him for having considered increasing the budgetary allocation to Rs 1,681 crores", he said.

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The Rs 2,500 crore budget will be spent on the development of 40 of the 88 lakes proposed to be developed by the Lake Development Authority.

An additional 1000 beds will be added at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. "But pay commission recommendations will be implemented soon after they are cleared by the Cabinet", he assured, revealing that Rs. 10,508 crore had been set aside to meet the expense involved.

CM Siddaramaiah also announced many sops for SCs, STs, OBCs and other minorities. "Karnataka, today, is one of the first states in the country in terms of development Interest-free loans to farmers, Indira Canteens and many more schemes for people". "The fact that we are reimbursing the fee paid by girl students for their PUC, degree and PG courses, and giving free bus passes to all categories of students shows that our Budget is all for Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas", he contended. Direct transfer of Rs 5,000 per hectare subject to a maximum of Rs.10,000 to each farmer growing rain-fed crops.

With Karnataka going to polls in two months, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has delivered a state budget with its focus firmly on agriculture, healthcare, education and urban development.

During 2018-19, 100 "Karnataka Public Schools" will be opened across the state, given an expenditure of Rs 5 lakh per school, and a total expenditure of Rs 5 crore, he said.

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