Karnataka Assembly session to begin from 2 July; HD Kumaraswamy to present state budget on 5 July

Bengaluru: Karnataka's 15th Legislative Assembly will begin its first session on 2 July and the JD(S)-Congress coalition government's maiden budget will be presented on 5 July, said a cabinet minister on Friday.

File image of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. AP

File image of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. AP

"The state cabinet has decided to hold a 10-day session of the legislature from 2 July, with Governor Vajubhai Vala's address to the members of the Assembly and council jointly," parliamentary affairs minister Krishna Byre Gowda told reporters.

Though the Assembly met twice last month for the floor test of the three-day BJP government on 19 May and of the coalition government on 25 May, the house was adjourned on the same day on both the occasions.

"Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy (who holds the finance portfolio) will present a full-fledged budget of the new government on 5 July," Gowda said.

"The cabinet meeting also directed the state departments to complete their annual transfers by July-end and the number of officials posted to other places should not exceed more than four percent of the respective department's strength," he said.

Among the major decisions taken at the two-hour meeting held at the state secretariat and chaired by Kumaraswamy are sanctioning Rs 655 crore crop insurance to farmers across the state under the Central government's 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' for the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon period of this fiscal.

The state government will give Rs 300 to every student in state-run schools reading in Class 1 to 10 for buying an additional uniform during this academic year. The education department will be given Rs 115.8 crore for the scheme.

The cabinet has agreed to provide Rs 460 crore to the Higher Education Department for improving the quality of education in the state-run pre-university and undergraduate colleges, under the centrally-funded 'Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan' scheme.

The cabinet has also extended the moratorium period by 10 years on the repayment of Rs 333.5-crore loan given to Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) for expanding its facilities, including the second runway and second arrival and departure terminals.


Updated Date: Jun 23, 2018 11:22 AM

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