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Karnataka Budget 2018: What gets cheaper and what gets more expensive


Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy presented the Congress-JDS coalition government's maiden budget on Thursday. Fuel prices will now be even costlier as the newly-elected Karnataka government has announced to hike cess on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.12 and Rs 1.14 a litre. Notably, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been criticising the central government for the high tax on fuel prices.

[Karnataka Budget 2018 Highlights: Farmer loan waived off, fuel prices to be hike]

Karnataka Budget 2018: What gets cheaper and what gets more expensive

What's expensive:

  • Beer to be costly! More tax.
  • Petrol, diesel
  • Power tariff hiked by 20 paise per unit
  • Motor vehicles
  • Hike in prices for tobacco products

For Bengaluru

  • Elevated corridor to be constructed at 6 locations
  • Super specialty hospital to be set up in Ramanagara
  • Rs 50 crore allocated to rejuvenate Bellandur Lake
  • Rs 1000 cr for Phase 3 Namma Metro in Bengaluru
  • Rs 100 crore allotted to BMTC
  • Rs 30 cr allocated for film university in Ramanagara


  • HD Kumaraswamy announced a Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver for farmers
  • All farm loans defaulted up to December 31, 2017 will be waived off


  • Introducing English language at LKG and UKG students in government schools
  • Rs 150 crore for the repair of Government primary, high school PU colleges

In General:

  • Rs 25Cr set aside for Karnataka Brahmin Development Board
  • Rs 350 crore allotted for Chief Minister Matrushri Scheme
  • 247 Indira canteens to be set up at a cost of Rs 211 Cr across Karnataka
  • Rs 150 crore for agriculture development based on Israel model Rs 25 cr to be given to various religious mutts as financial aid
  • Quantity of rice provided for families drops from 7kgs to 5kgs
  • Pregnant women from BPL families to get Rs 1,000 aid from 6th to 12th month. This is entitled only for first two kids.
  • 100 charging units for electric vehicle to be set up at a cost of Rs 4 cr
  • Rs 190 crore for a scheme to safeguard interests of coconut growers
  • 4,263 new buses to be bought for the use of public transportation in the state
  • Rs 4,957 Cr earmarked for water supply and sewage disposal
  • 450 bed capacities will be given to new hospitals in the medical colleges of Koppal, Gadag, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts.
  • Rs 3866 crore grants for Food and Civil Supplies Department
  • Rs 7993 crore grants for Transport Department
  • Rs 3,942 crore grants for Housing
  • Rs 5,725 crore allotted for Women and Child Welfare
  • Rs 7180 crore allotted for Revenue Department
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