Kerala budget makes infra priority, opposition walks out over ‘leak’

Women’s safety was also given emphasis in the state budget.
Kerala budget makes infra priority, opposition walks out over ‘leak’
Kerala budget makes infra priority, opposition walks out over ‘leak’
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The announcement of the Kerala budget began on a controversial note on Friday with the opposition alleging that the budget document had been leaked. Causing an uproar in Assembly, the Congress led by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that several key announcements from the budget were already being discussed on social media.

While Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was common for the budget to be discussed while it was being presented in the Assembly, he promised that the matter would be examined. However, opposition members continued to raise slogans in the floor of the House and later staged a walk-out  even as Finance Minister Thomas Isaac continued with his budget presentation.

The second budget by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government focussed on social welfare with an emphasis on infrastructure development as Rs 25,000 crore earmarked for it.

Another key highlight of Kerala’s budget was on women’s safety. The state FM announced that a special department will be set up to ensure the safety of women. His announcement comes in the wake of the recent abduction and alleged rape of a Malayalam actor in a moving car in Kochi.

Budget Highlights

Rs 25,000 crore for infrastructure development.

Rs. 5,628 crore for development 182 roads

Rs 6,500 crore for coastal highway, Rs 35,00 crore for hill highway

Rs 1696 crore for drinking water projects

Rs 1,000 crore for the infrastructure development and quality improvement of public education institutions

Rs 2,500 crore for public health sector

Complete prevention for lifestyle diseases and free treatment 

45,000 High Tech class rooms for public education institutions 

Rs 9,748 crore for local bodies

Rs 1,621 crore for child welfare

Rs 10 crore for technology innovation

Rs 68 cr for plans to prevent atrocities against women

Special department for women’s safety will be set up in 2017-18. New posts will be created for this. All the welfare schemes for women will also come under it.  

Gender audit will be presented along with next budget

Rs 162 crore for Kudumbashree

Revenue income: 93,584 crore
Revenue expenditure: 1,09,627 crore

Total estimated revenue Rs 1,19,124 crore
Total estimated expenditure: 1,19,601 crore

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