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Karnataka Budget: No rise in taxes on Petrol and Diesel

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Bengaluru, Mar 08: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa presented the state budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, one of his toughest, in the post-pandemic era. This was Yediyurappa's eighth budget and third during his present term as chief minister since July 2019.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaih along with Congress MLA's boycotted the budget after a few minutes of protest.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

The Chief Minister, who holds the finance portfolio, spared citizens by not announcing any new taxation in the budget.

In the budget 2021-22 Budget, no taxes including Karnataka State Tax on Petrol and Diesel has been increased, in a bid to relieve burden on the people who are already facing hardship due to increase in fuel prices.

"Amid the COVID-19 situation, we have to ensure development in all the districts across Karnataka. This time emphasis would be on women empowerment, tourism, agriculture and irrigation," the CM said.

Karnataka Budget Highlihts

  • On the occation of International Women's day, Yediyurappa anounced special women bus pass 'Vanitha Sangathi' with rebate. He also approved special loan up to Rs 2 crore with 4% interest rate to women entrepreneurs.
  • To help women, the govt has decided to upgrade Anganwadis to Shishu Palana Kendra.
  • E-market to be establihed to help women enterpreneurs in major cities of the state. Unique products of women to be exhibited for a week in the cities.
  • Discounted bus pass for women working in garment factories. Rs 30 cr to be allocated to the scheme.
  • Women and Childrens budget will be implemented under Panchayat Raj. Safe city project to be speeded up. 7,500 CCTV cameras in Bengaluru. Tech based e-beat during night hours to ensure womens safety.
  • Excellence centre to help women who are subject to harassment and abuse. NIMHANS and NLSIU to be roped in.
  • The government has proposed Elevate Women programme at a cost of Rs 5 crore to assist women entrepreneurs.

Yediyurappa said the GDP of the State for 2020-21 had decreased by 2.6% compared to 2019-20.

Farm sector

  • Reservation for farmers children at Agirculture University increased from 40% to 50%.
  • For small food processing units, government to increase subsidy to 50%. Rs 50 cr set aside.
  • The government proposed Horticulture Technology Park at Koppal district.
  • Yediyurappa proposes new Export Centre for medicinal plants and spices.
  • The CM proposed to establish goshala in every district of the state to prevent 'slaughter of cows and to conserve livestock'.
  • New research institute to come upat a cost of Rs two cr at Veterinary College, Shivamogga.
  • The government has allocated Rs 30 crore to set up fish sale units and Matysa Darshinis.
  • Yediyurappa proposed computerisation of APMCs at a cost of Rs 198 crore.
  • A total of Rs 31,028 crore has been allocated to agriculture and allied sectors in the budget.
  • Yediyurappa said grants for Kalasa-Banduri projects will be provided this fiscal, and all clearances to implement it will be obtained.
  • Rs 5,600 cr will be provided to Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama for irrigation works.
  • The government also promised to clear land acquisition hurdles for Yettinahole Project.

Yediyurappa announced to construct Yathri Nivasa in Ayodhya in UP for devotees from Karnataka visiting the temple town, allocates Rs 10 crores in 2021-22 Budget; says UP govt will provide 5-acre land.

  • Under Kendriya Vidyalaya model, 50 schools will be developed. Rs 100 crore has been allocated for providing toilets constructed in schools and colleges.
  • Under a new 'Samarthya-Sarathya' programme, training for five lakh students for competitive exams.
  • ICUs of 25 bed and 6 bed capacities will be established in 19 district and 100 taluk hospitals at a cost of Rs 60 crore in the next two years.
  • Anti-microbial resistance unit to come up at 1 crore.
  • Ayurvedic College in Shivamogga to be upgraded to Ayush University.
  • Regional cancer centres along the lines of Kidwai Hospital at Mysuru and Shivamogga at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
  • A total of Rs 37,527 cr provided for child oriented programmes in the budget.
  • Laboratories at Rs 10 crore to detect hereditary metabolic diseases at Bengaluru and Ballari, To reduce infant mortality rate, laboratories to detect hereditary metabolic diseases will be set uo at Bengaluru and Ballari, at a cost of 10 crore.

The Karnataka government proposed to build a new board for development of Vokkaligas at the cost of 500 crore. The government also allocated Rs 1,500 crore for welfare of minority communities. Rs 200 crore for renovation/repair of churches, assistance to orphanages and others. Rs 20 crore for infrastructure facilities at Shravanabelagola.

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