[Updated on 16/03/2017] Download Modified LSGD Budget 2017-18

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Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Issac presented the 68th state budget in the Kerala Assembly today. The Finance Minister cited MT Vasudevan Nair’s quotes while addressing the budget session. Below is the highlights,

1. Schemes announced to boost coir industry and retirement benefits may be those working the industry. 100 coir mills planned to be set up. Coir mission factory will be established and minimum wages to be determined by the state to ensure that jobs are generated and coir products continue to be sold. Coir Mela, as part of Haritha Mela, will be hosted in Alapuzha and this initiative, if successful, will ensure 200 days of employment for coir workers.

2. A slew of announcements for the benefit of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Rs 2600 crore has been announced for SC welfare and Rs 750 crore for ST welfare.

3. Focus on community-based vegetable cultivation.

4. Rs 150 crore for water conservation and Rs 201 crore for soil and land conservation; Rs 350 crore for Karunya scheme.

5. Special health insurance for differently abled, the aged, BPL families and other vulnerable sections. Autism parks to be planned across all districts. Special focus on autistic children and their physiotherapy and behavioral therapy. Around Rs 250 crore has been allotted the welfare of differently abled people. For more please download highlights in Malayala PDF from below download link,

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