Kerala Budget 2017-18: Highlights
Rs.3,000 crore revival package for KSRTC. 10,000 young artists to be given Rs.10,000 per month | By Yentha
On Mar 03, 2017
|Trivandrum: The Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac presented the state Budget 2017-18. Here are the highlights from his Budget speech.
- Kerala Budget 2017 promises free Internet for 20 lakh poor families
- Sops for differently-abled citizens
- Praises Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Board
- Government will spend Rs.150 crore on water conservation projects. Waterbody revival will be taken up NREGA.
- Free treatment for life style diseases. Primary health sector to get Rs.2,000 crore. These health centres will provide free diabetes, cholesterol drugs.
- Budget makes provisions for creation of over more than 5,000 medical posts, including doctors.
- Rs.10 crore allocated for sewage maintenance. Efforts will be on to bring an end for manual scavenging.
- Budget promises creation of 2,500 new posts of teachers in the state. State schools to get 45000 smart classrooms.
- Rs.100 crore allocated for Smart City mission. Thiruvananthapuram likely to be included.
- Government to set up autism parks in all districts of the state.
- Rs.1,621 crore for child welfare.
- Announces Rs.10 crore for endosulfan victims.
- Rs.350 crore under Karuna scheme.
- Over one lakh homeless people to get houses under budgetary provisions.
- Rs.128 crore allocated for coir industry. Rs.50 crore will be spent under coir workers'welfare scheme.
- Government will spend Rs.39 crore for development of ports.
- Rs.45 crore allocation for coconut farming, Rs.10 crore for pepper and cardamom. Special project for rice cultivation in Kuttanad and Palakkad.
- Rs.270 crore allocated for rejuvenation of public sector units in the state.
- Budget allocates Rs.549 crore for IT sector. Rs 100 crore allocated for IT Mission.
- More than 1 lakh jobs to be created via Infopark by 2020.
- Rs.968 crore allocated for state's hydel power projects.
- State universities to get Rs.381 crore and also a non-plan fund of Rs. 1,200 crore.
- Rs.25 crore allocated for Sabarimala master plan.
- Rs.3,000 crore revival package for KSRTC.
- 10,000 young artists to be given Rs.10,000 per month each in the state.
- Rs.863 crore allocated for school education.
- Rs.1,260 crore set aside for women development in the Kerala Budget 2017.
- Women development corporation to get Rs 8 crore. Gender Parks allotted Rs.10 crore.
- Rs.68 crore announced for women protection. Gender budgeting to be revised.
- A new scheme under Carbon Neutral Program through NABARD proposed.