Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah announces free LPG, health scheme in budget

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah announces free LPG, health scheme in budget

"I propose to increase the additional excise duty by 8 per cent on IML in different categories for mobilising additional resources", said Siddaramaiah, while presenting a vote-on-account budget in view of the upcoming assembly elections.

The "Arogya Karnataka Yojana" (universal health coverage), to be launched this month, would be implemented across the state by the end of this year. The scheme will provide primary, secondary and tertiary health treatments to all the people of the state. "This will be the nation's biggest programme in terms of area covered and the number of farmers impacted", Siddaramaiah said.

The announcement comes close on the heels of what was touted as the world's largest public health scheme to cover 10 crore families unveiled in the Union Budget.

Siddaramaiah said about 100 km length of city's roads would be developed with the funds from the 2018-19 budget. Siddaramaiah has presented a budget which will have no value in a coalition government.

Of the Rs 2.09 lakh crore budget, the state is expected to generate its own tax revenue of Rs 1.03 lakh crore including receipts in the form of GST compensation, Rs 8,163 crore is expected to be collected from non-tax revenues, state expects to receive Rs 36,215 crore by way of its share in Central Taxes, and another Rs 14,942 crore as central grants.

Phase II of the Bengaluru Metro covering 72 km will be completed by March 2021 and the work on preparing a project report for the 105 km metro line under Phase III will be taken up, Siddaramaiah said.

To manage goods and passenger transport more efficiently and quickly, and to reduce density of road traffic, a feasibility study would be undertaken for implementation of "Roll-on and Roll-off" multi-modal logistic park and sea plane services under PPP mode, he said.

"I am not an expert who has made a scholarly study of economics".

The annual budget, presented by state Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal in the assembly, has 11.4 per cent higher budgetary provisions this time than the previous budget and proposes '14,341.89 crore allocation for new schemes.

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