On the special occasion of Women’s Day, the State budget 2020-21 was announced by the Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of the BJP government. The Covid-19 pandemic, drought and floods already have scarred many lives of the state, but the state budget treated its beneficiaries with no fresh taxes and burdens.
Starting with the celebration of Women’s Day the schemes oriented towards women development received a grant of Rs.37,188 crore. These schemes include special women bus pass Vanitha Sangathi, a special loan up to Rs.2 crore with 4% interest rate to women entrepreneurs, the setup of near 60,000 micro-enterprises under RDPR to provide employment to 60,000 women with online branding assistance. Ensuring safety to women by installation of over 7,500 CCTV cameras and setup of an excellence centre to help women in distress also the part of benefits lists for women in the budget.
Responses from the female crowd over this budget details were optimistic, owing to the new established rules and laws creating a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs.
The budget for the coastal region indeed is a sweetener to the South Canara crowd. The sanction of Rs.60 crore with the financial guidance of National Waterways Authority of the Union for development of waterways between Mangaluru and Panaji has been set. The action plan intends to develop five waterways with this support. An estimated expenditure of Rs.100 crore under Bharat Mala Project to develop a four-lane connectivity road from NH-66 to Honnavar harbour.
Plastic Park at Ganjimutt, Mangaluru has been allotted Rs.2 crore for the further developments. Also, to encourage the production of light food items using bioactives from fish and seaweed the budget has allotted Rs.6 crore to establish Advanced Biotech Innovation Centre for Aqua- Marine.
In the view to develop tourism a grant of Rs.10 crore has been put forth to make beaches of Trasi,Maravanthe, Ottinene, Someshwara and others meet the International tourism standards.
Promoting the fisheries sector, value added products processing centres via Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation got the financial support of Rs.6 crore. The establishment of Fish Sales Units and Matsya Darshinis are also on the budget owing to bring more value to fishers.
Special sanction of Rs. 25 crore has been granted for research and development on Yellow Leaf Disease, recently preying on areca nuts and alternate crops in the Malnad region. Apart from these treats the no taxes, especially on Karnataka State Tax petrol and diesel will be hiked.
The State budget concluded with a positive note of ‘no burden on the common man’,taking the post-covid conditions of laymen into note.