Women get a bonanza in Karnataka budget; coast also gets some goodies | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Though a ‘please all’ budget, chief minister BS Yediyurappa handed over a small bonanza for women on the International Women’s Day while presenting the budget for the year 2021-22 on Monday. Apart from a slew of schemes, women oriented programmes got a grant of Rs. 37,188 crore.
The coastal region also had its day with CM announcing establishment of an advanced biotech innovation center for aqua-marine products, value addition centre for the processing of fishery products and impetus to tourist infrastructure at select beaches.
Regarding women oriented schemes, Lata Kini, entrepreneur, said it was wonderful news that women across all service sectors also will be eligible for loans at subsidised interest rates of 4 per cent. “This will go a long way to ensure financial independence and women empowerment,” said Lata, who was the former president of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Pointing out that upgrading anganwadis to creches and setting up of additional such facilities will create jobs thus facilitating economic development, she observed that all are very good announcements as long as implementation is conducted seamlessly. “The e-market scheme, bus pass for female textile workers, safety measures for women security, CCTV projects are all very welcome.” She said adding so far in the field of Industry, “we have thoroughly made use of the subsidy in interest for technical and other related developments in our industry” and we are indebted to the government for it. She said re-examination of various laws and rules for a conducive environment for women taking up employment was a much needed measure.
Major highlights of the budget for Karnataka Coast are:
Development of waterways between Mangaluru and Panaji. The action plan intends to develop five waterways of the State at a total expenditure of Rs 60 crore with the financial assistance of National Waterways Authority of the Central Government.
Four lane connectivity road at an estimated expenditure of Rs 100 crore under Bharat Mala Project from National Highway 66 to the Kasarkkod harbour of Honnavar.
Plastic Park in Ganjimutt in Mangaluru at an expenditure of Rs 66 crore
Establishment of Advanced Biotech Innovation Center for Aqua-Marine in Mangaluru at an estimated expenditure of Rs 6 crore to encourage the production of light food items utilizing the bioactive compounds available from fish and seaweed. The allocation is Rs 2 crore in the year 2021-22.
On the tourism front, there is a comprehensive development of Trasi, Maravanthe, Ottinene and other beaches in Udupi district and to upgrade the same to international standards with an expenditure of Rs.10 crore. A grant of Rs.10 crore has been earmarked for development of tourism infrastructure in Someshwara beach of Byndoor taluk of Udupi district.
The establishment of modern processing and value addition centre for the processing of fishery products at an expenditure of Rs 6 crore through Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation, will help fishery sector to have value added products thus increase income of fishers. The establishment of Fish Sales Units and Matsya Darshinis at an expenditure of Rs 30 crore throughout the state will also bring more value to fishers.
Rs 25 crore has been granted to promote research on yellow leaf disease which is affecting arecanut growers and alternate crops in coast and Malnad region.
There will be action to distribute diesel at tax free rates in the diesel delivery point itself instead of reimbursement of sales tax on 1.5 lakh kilo litre of diesel for mechanised boats.

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