Bangalore: Apparently Lok Sabha elections weighing on his mind, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday spared the common man of additional tax burden in budget 2014-15.
Presenting his ninth budget in the Assembly, second as Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah proposed a slew of schemes and reliefs for farmers, minorities, SCs & STs. (Agencies)
The budget also gives thrust on infrastructure development in Bangalore.
Siddaramaiah announced that the cap on short-term, interest-free agriculture loans would be raised to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 2 lakh. The three percent interest rate on farm loans of Rs 3-10 lakh will also continue.
However, coming hard on beer consumers he proposed an increase in additional excise duty on the beverage from 112 percent to 135. The licence fee of primary distillery, Indian liquor manufacturing distillery and brewery has also been raised by 50 percent.
Laying thrust on development of minorities, the Chief Minister earmarked Rs 800 crore for the Department of Minorities Welfare, Haj and Wakf.
He also announced that Rs 125 crore would be provided under the Christian Development Scheme for repairs and renovation of churches, community halls, skill development, incentives to students, orphanages and other activities.
A revenue collection target of Rs 37,740 crore is fixed for the current year. For the year 2014-15, the target is fixed at Rs 42,000 crore, he said.
Revenue surplus is estimated at Rs 281 crore. Fiscal deficit is expected to be Rs 20,041 crore - 2.92 percent GSDP.
Total liabilities are projected at Rs 1,57,681 crore at the end of 2014-15 was estimated to be 23.01 percent of GSDP, Siddaramaiah said, asserting that all these fiscal parameters are within the mandate of the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Presenting his ninth budget in the Assembly, second as Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah proposed a slew of schemes and reliefs for farmers, minorities, SCs & STs.