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.
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