Kerala Budget 2017 Highlights: FM Thomas Isaac's 8th budget ends in anti-climax

Greeshma M
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Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Friday, March 3, presented the 68th state budget in the Assembly. The Budget 2017-18 had an anti-climax as the opposition staged a walkout at the end of the budget presentation alleging that the budget papers were leaked.

Check live updates and highlights of Kerala Budget 2017-18 here: 

Budget allotments - Highlights

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Smart City mission - Rs 100 crore
Karunya scheme- Rs 350 crore
Suchitwa Mission - Rs 127 crore
Scientific landfills - Rs 50 crore
Soil and land conservation - Rs 201 crore
Water conservation - Rs 150 crore
Drinking water - Rs 1,858 crore
Crematorium cleaning - Rs 100 crore
Coastal development - Rs 216 crore
Vizhinjam port project - Rs 90 crore
Fish farm promotions - Rs 500 crore
Welfare of differently-abled people - Rs 250 crore
Security pensions fixed at Rs 1,100
Ration subsidy - Rs 900 crore
Anganwadi teachers' honorarium - Rs 350 crore
Primary milk society - Rs 30 crore
Dairy development - Rs 97 crore
Pepper and cardamom farming - Rs 10 crore
To stabilize rubber base price - Rs 500 crore
Mid-day meal scheme - Rs 640 crore
rape victims' rehabilitation - Rs 5 crore
KSRTC - Rs 3,000 crore
Kudumbashree - Rs 161 crore
Transgender pension, relocation - Rs 10 crore

12.22 p.m.: It was not the budget documents, highlights prepared for media was circulated on the web, says Isaac.

12.20 p.m.: Finance Minster Thomas Isaac meets the press after his eighth budget presentation.

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11.50 a.m.: Budget speech ends. Opposition demands an explanation from the government.

11.45 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac tables Budget 2017-18 in the assembly.

11.44 a.m.: CM Pinarayi Vijayan hands over a note to Speaker.

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11.43 a.m.: Chennithala reads out budget paper outside the Assembly.

11.43 a.m.: Chennithala sys, "budget leaked for the first time in the history of Kerala."

11.42 a.m.: Leader of opposition meets press at the media room.

11.41 a.m.: BJP MLA O Raja opal also joins UDF and walks out.

11.40 a.m.: TM Thomas Isaac continues budget speech.

11.38 a.m.: Opposition resorts to sloganeering in the assembly.

11.37 a.m.: BJP MLA O Rajagopal walks out.

11.36 a.m.: Poonjar MLA PC George stays in the assembly. 

11.35 a.m.: Oppositions boycott assembly.

11.34 a.m.: Government announces Rs 61 crore for NoRKA.

11.32 a.m.: Finance Minister resumes budget presentation.

11.31 a.m.: Speaker intervenes, says the allegations to be probed.

11.30 a.m.: Chennithala says Thomas Isaac is "a man of social media" and the budget leaked from FM's office.

11.29 a.m.: FM resumes Budget 2017-18 speech in the assembly.

11.27 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac seeks permissions to resume the budget presentation in the assembly.

11.25 a.m.: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan responds to the accusation made by the opposition in the assembly.

11.24 a.m.: Ruckus in Kerala assembly following the Leader of Opposition's statement.

11.23 a.m.: Sanctity of budget lost. Kerala 2017-18 budgets compromised; secret papers are out in the social media platforms," says opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.

11.17 a.m.: Rs 203 crore announced for farmers' relief

11.16 a.m.: Rs 30 crore for drought relief

11.15 a.m.: Government allots Rs 10 crore for transgender pension, relocation

11.14 a.m.: Announces taluks, revenue divisions; New taluks in Kunnamkulam and Payyanur

11.13 a.m.: New department has been announced for the welfare of women. Rs 161 crore has been allotted for Kudumbashree

11.11 a.m.: FM invokes MT Vasudevan Nair's Randamoozham in the budget before announcing the projects and fund allocations for women safety in the state.

11.10 a.m.: ONV memorial to get Rs 5 crore.

11.09 a.m.: Isaac announces increase in Pravasi kshema pension.

11.06 a.m.: Kochi biennale and film festivals to get permanent venues.

11.05 a.m.: Budget avails Rs 724 crore for health service.

11.01 a.m.: 10,000 young artists to get Rs 10,000 per month

11.00 a.m.: Allotted Rs 265 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan

10.59 a.m.: Announces Rs 3,000 crore for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)

10.56 a.m.: Education loan repayment support scheme to be formed to give relief to the students.  Rs 640 crore for mid-day meal scheme

10.55 a.m.: Rs 5 crore allotted for rape victims' rehabilitation

10.54 a.m.: 381 crore for Kerala varsities for different projects. 2 rescue homes to be set up and Pink control rooms to be allotted with Rs 12 crore.

10.53 a.m.: Allots Rs 1,858 crore for drinking water.

10.52 a.m.: Avail Rs 70 crore for Japan drinking water project.

10.51 a.m.: Rs 15 crore allotted for minor irrigation projects.

10:50 a.m.: Government allots Rs 600 crore for the construction of check dams and regulators

10.49 a.m.: Sabarimala master plan for Rs 25 crore

10.47 a.m.: Rs 682 crore credit for metro/transport projects

10.45 a.m.: Announces solar and water projects. Solar power project in Kasaragod set to commence its operations this year.

10.42 a.m.: Allots Rs 900 crore for power transmission network projects.

10.40 a.m.: All street lights in Kerala to be made LED.

10:35 a.m.: All districts in the state to set up parks for autistic children.

10.34 a.m.: Special investment (chit fund) plans by KSFE for non-resident Keralites.

10.29 a.m.: Kerala to invest Rs 3,500 crore for hill-highway project (1,267 km)

10.27 a.m.: The Finance Minister foresees Rs 50,000 crore worth road projects in next five years.

10.26 a.m.: Government has plans to expand mineral sand mining in public sector 

10.25 a.m.: Rs 111 crore for Kinfra.

10.24 a.m.: Palakkad to get a life science park.

10.24 a.m.: Government allots Rs 482 crore for industries, Rs 51 crore for textile mills.

10.23 a.m: Announces Rs 20 crore for tourism marketing projects.

10.22 a.m.: The government allots Rs 5 crore to promote boat race (Vallamkali) in Kerala.

10.18 a.m.: Government aims to make the state of Kerala an IT hub, announces free Internet for 20 lakh people. 

10.13 a.m.: Kerala Beedi employees' welfare to get Rs 20 crore.

10.08 a.m.: Kerala Budget 2017-18 announces Rs 90 crore for Kasaragod project.

10.04 a.m.: Budget allots 97 crore for dairy development, 30 crore primary milk society and Rs 150 crore for value-added agro parks.

10.00 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 2,600 crore for SC welfare and Rs 750 crore for ST welfare.

9.57 a.m.: Budget allots Rs 10 crore compensation for endosulfan victims.

9.54 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 250 crore for the welfare of differently-abled people.

9.52 a.m.: Finance minister TM Thomas Isaac promises infrastructure projects worth Rs 25,000 crore worth in 2017-18.

9.41 a.m.: CPI (M) office in Kozhikode was set on fire last night after a bomb was hurled at the RSS headquarters.

9.40 a.m.: Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac is presenting his eighth budget.

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