Bangalore: Siddaramaiah presents budget - Diesel to cost less, alcohol more expensive
With DHNS Inputs
Bangalore, Jul 12 (PTI): The Congress government in Karnataka today announced loans to farmers at zero per cent up to Rs two lakh and enhancement of creamy layer limit of backward classes by Rs one lakh, as it sought to implement key election promises less than two months into office.
Presenting the "revised" 2013-14 budget in the Legislative Assembly -- the BJP government had unveiled the first in February before being voted out, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said it would be at the interest rate of one per cent for Rs two lakh to Rs three lakh from cooperative institutions.
Earlier, short term loan up to Rs one lakh was provided at zero per cent interest and at one per cent interest from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh.
Siddaramaiah, who has the distinction of presenting seven budgets in the past and kept the finance portfolio himself this time, announced that the creamy layer limit of Backward Classes would be enhanced from the existing Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh.
"Caste wise, social and education survey of all castes will be undertaken through Permanent Backward Classes Commission", he said.
The Chief Minister announced reduction of sales tax on diesel from 16.75 per cent to 15.65 per cent. "With this tax reduction at current prices, the price of diesel would come down by 51 paise per litre at Bangalore", Siddaramaiah said.
The government proposed to increase the rate of additional excise duty by 16 per cent to 40 per cent across all the 17 slabs.
He said relief and measures for additional resource mobilisation along with effective compliance and enforcement measures are expected to fetch additional Rs 1452 crore.
VAT rates which had been increased from five per cent to 5.5 per cent, and from 14 per cent to 14.5 per cent for a period of one year from August 2012 was proposed to be continued beyond July 31 this year, Siddaramaiah said.
The budget had something to cheer for schoolgirls, women and transgenders.
To encourage enrolment and attendance of girls in first standard in government schools, Rs two would be given to girls for each day's attendance.
The Government intends to provide scholarship and free education to students, whose parents are affected with HIV/Leprosy, for higher education, according to the budget, which also said free ten sanitary napkin pads would be provided to 32.50 lakh females.
A new scheme called "Manaswini" would be introduced to provide monthly pension of Rs 500 to the unmarried women below poverty line who have crossed the age of 40 years and for divorced women below the poverty line.
A new scheme "Mythri" would be launched for providing monthly pension of Rs 500 to transgenders.
Siddaramaiah said the total receipts are estimated to be Rs 1,20,717 crore during 2013-14, while the total expenditure is estimated to be Rs 1,21,611 crore consisting of revenue expenditure of Rs 97,391 crore and capital expenditure of Rs 18,380 crore and debt repayment of Rs 5,840 crore. "Revenue surplus is expected to be Rs 596 crore", he added.
Among the announcements were construction of fishing port in Kulai, Mangalore and Hejamady in Udupi and allocation of Rs 229 crore for the programmes under fisheries department. He also announced Rs 9 crore to tackle Naxal activities in Karkala region and construction of truck terminal in Mangalore and other places in the state.
New parking policy in City Corporations including Bangalore.
Rehabilitation scheme for Endosulfan victims.
Four new Medical Colleges in State.
10 fast track courts to try crimes against women.
SSLC/PUC exam management system to be restructured.
Higher Education Academy to be set up in Dharwad.
New government women's colleges to be set up in 15 districts.
Rs 100 crores for Solid Waste Management.
Rs 100 crore for Christian community in the state.
Rs 100 crore to develop lakes and remove encroachers.
Mythri Scheme: Rs 500 monthly pension for transgenders.
Rs 100 crore earmarked for skywalk for citizens
Interest-free loans for farmers up to two lakhs. Subsidised loan between 2 lakh to 10 lakh to farmers.
Rs 100 crore for weavers
Textile park at Yadgir, Granite park at Chamaraja Nagar, Rs 10 crore for the aerospace park; Rs 50 crore aid for SC/ST and regliogious bodies
Support price for Milk producers increased from Rs 2 to Rs 4.
Education: Rs 18, 923 crore
Commerce and Industry: Rs 8856 crore
Urban Development: Rs 9286 crore
Water Resources: Rs 9363 crore
Health and Family Welafare: Rs 5421 crore
Energy: Rs 10, 312 crore
Agriculture and Horticulture: Rs 4378 crore
Animal Husbandry: Rs 1903 crore
Home and Transport: Rs 5315 crore
Social Welfare: Rs 5046 crore
Women and Child Welfare: Rs 3466 crore
Revenue: Rs 3797 crore
Housing: Rs 1365 crore
Cess on diesel reduced by 51 paisa/ litre from Rs 16.75 to Rs 15.65.
Alcohol becomes more expensive.
No change in VAT.
50 % concession for Maxi Cabs from road tax.
Additional excise duty increased between 16% to 40% across 17 slabs.
Watching cinemas in A/C theatres become more expensive.
Service tax on A/C theatres increased from Rs 1.5 to Rs 3.
Excise collection stands at Rs 12, 600 crore.
Commercial Tax collection estimated at Rs 37,740 crore
Rs 2250 crore allocated for peripheral ring road.
Arkavathy Layout sites to be allotted by March, 2014.
Rs 600 crore BDA complex at RT Nagar.
Rs 4150 crore JNNURM projects in Bangalore and Mysore.
To develop International Convention Centre at Devanahalli.
M G Road and Brigade roads to get wi-fi.
Kempe Gowda layout to be formed by March, 2014 for 5000 allotees.
Bangalore Suburban Rail Corporation to be set up soon.
Indian Institute of Public Health to come up in Bangalore.
All RTO offices in Bangalore to be computerised.
Four more RTO offices in Bangalore.
Rs 150 crore allotted for elevated road between Jayadeva Hospital and Silk Board.
Rs 250 crore allotted for developing infrastructure in 110 villages that has been added to BBMP.
1.6 lakh saplings to be planted at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
Sarjapur and Bannerghata roads to be widened at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
Rs 500 crore earmarked for grade separators at important junctions.