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."

Measures to streamline tax collection

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac replying to debate on Appropriation Bill on ThursdayFinance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac told the Assembly on Thursday that the government would be taking a number of measures to improve tax collection.

Dr. Isaac said that the about 70 per cent of tax revenue came from Kochi. So, the government was planning a ‘Mission Ernakulam’ to achieve better tax realisation from the area. The tax growth from the area was a mere two per cent.

Kerala Assembly opposes sale of shares of Cochin Shipyard

Cochin ShipyardKerala Assembly on Thursday adopted a motion urging the Centre to reconsider its move to disinvest 25 per cent of the shares of Cochin Shipyard Limited.
The motion, moved by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan, also urged the Centre to withdraw the decision to close down the Hindusthan Organic Chemicals unit in Kochi and approve the revival package for the company.

Bird flu virus spreading in Kerala may not affect humans: Minister

DuckThiruvananthapuram: Forest Minister K. Raju told the Assembly on Thursday that humans were not likely to be inflected by the bird flu spreading in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

Replying to a submission made by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, the Minister said that the influenza strain identified was of type A (H5N8) which does not affect humans.

Cabinet names commission to probe police lathicharge before High Court

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to appoint retired judge P. A. Mohammed as enquiry commission to probe police lathicharge that had taken place in front of the High Court following conflict between journalists and lawyers.

An officials release said that the Commission would enquire into events that led to the lathicharge under the Commission of Enquiries Act. As the High Court had intimated that the services of a sitting judge could not be spared for the enquiry, a retired judge was being appointed.

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