Kerala

Kerala Budget 2017-18 highlights

Social security pensions to cover all above 60 years of age excluding service pensioners, income tax payers and farmers owning more than two acres

Welfare pensions to be raised to Rs. 1100 a month

Amnesty scheme for VAT arrears of traders

Rs. 30 crore for drought relief

Infrastructure Development
Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board to clear investment of Rs. 15000 cr this month.

Funding of infrastructure Development outside Budget to continue

Fresh projects costing Rs. 25000 crore to be undertaken by KIIFB next year

Coastal highway: construction to start next year

KIIFB to invest in hill highway (Rs. 3500 crore)

12 IT hardware parks to be set up.

Rs. 127 crore for Clean Kerala Mission

Rs. 100 crore for modern abattoirs

Master Plan for schools
Master plan for development of schools, Rs. 500 cr from KIIFB

45000 classrooms to be turned into high-tech learning centres

More than 2500 posts of teachers to be created

Rs. 10000 a month fellowship to 10000 artists

Rs. 18 crore for rain harvesting

Rs. 50000 crore to be spent for roads over five years

Rs. 381 crore for universities in the State

Women’s safety
Rs. 12 crore for pink control room for security of women

Allocation of Rs.1266 crore exclusively for women

Gender Budget restored

Journalists’ pension increased

Package for KSRTC
Rs. 3000 crore package for KSRTC

KSRTC to be restructured

Rs. 12000 crore to be mobilised from NRIs through chitties

Allocation for revival and renovation of a number of PSUs

Pensions hiked
NRK pension raised from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2000

The pension to dairy farmers enhanced to Rs. 1100 a month.

Honoraria of ASHA workers, cooks and pre-primary
teachers are enhanced by Rs. 500

Free Internet
Rs. 1000 crore to be spent for Internet network expansion

Internet to be right of citizen

Free Internet connection to 20 lakh poor families

Rs. 100 crore for IT Mission

Rs. 1100 crore outlay for fisheries sector

Rs. 2100 crore outlay for agriculture sector

Rs. 90 crore for Kasaragod package

Health Insurance
Health insurance for government employees and pensioners

Five per cent reservation of differently-abled in educational institutions; four per cent reservation of jobs

Rs. 900 crore for ration subsidy

Rs. 117 crore for computerisation of ration shops

Rs. 200 crore for supplyco, Rs. 150 crore for Consumerfed

Rs. 700 crore for paddy procurement

Rs. 65 crore for expansion of Buds schools

Rs. 10 crore for compensation to endosulfan victims

Rs. 100 crore for smart cities. Rs. 100 crore for Amritham scheme

Total Housing Scheme: 1 lakh houses to be built

5257 posts to be created in the health sector

Three crore trees to be planted in the State

Free medicines
Medicines needed following organ transplants to be supplied at 10 per cent of cost.

Free medicines for those suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol

Karunya Benevolent Fund to get Rs. 350 crore

Noteban hit demand
Note ban hit the lives of common man as stated by writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair: Kerala Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac said, presenting Budget for 2017-18 in the Assembly.

"We have to face serious consequences of note ban."

"Demand hit."

"Banks have money, but none to avail loans."

Isaac calls for permission for full cash withdrawal of salaries by government employees

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas IsaacKerala Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac has demanded that government employees and pensioners should be allowed to withdraw their salaries in full in cash.

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Minister said that the existing restrictions on withdrawals should be withdrawn to facilitate this.

PM denies appointment to Kerala CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused appointment to all-party delegation headed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan that  proposed to meet Mr. Modi on Thursday to seek resolution of crisis in the cooperative sector following demonetisation.

The Prime Minister’s Office reportedly directed the delegation to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Following this, the delegation cancelled its trip to Delhi. The LDF has announced that it would observe Thursday as black day in protest against Mr. Modi’s decision.

Kerala Cabinet withdraws approval for Aranmula airport

Kerala Cabinet decided to cancel all government orders for Aranmula airport including approval, in principle, granted for the airport on Wednesday.

Pension to Commission members
It also decided to grant pensions to non-official members appointed to various statutory commissions. Those appointed on or after January 1 this year will be eligible. However, they will not be eligible for dearness allowance, minimum pension or family pension.

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