Keeping in mind Karnataka is going for Assembly elections in May this year, CM Siddaramaiah is expected to give a populist Budget. This is the 13th and last Budget of CM Siddaramaiah for this term. He is expected to announce a Budget the size of more than Rs 2 Lakh crore. 

  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah starts presenting the state Budget 2018
  • Government is committed to generate employment
  • We have proved that we are a pro-farmer government
  • CM Siddaramaiah mentions all Schemes by the Congress government including Anna Bhagya, Start-ups etc
  • Demonetisation effected everything in the financial year 2017-18
  • GST has had an adverse effect on tax collection 


  • Rs 15,923 crore allocation for Animal Husbandry
  • Rs 2,099 crore allocation for Minor irrigation 
  • Rs 1,663 crore for Co-operation sector
  • Rs 429 crore for Sericulture
  • Rs 337 crore for Fisheries
  • Up to Rs 1 lakh loan of farmers, who have lost their lives, waived off; Up to Rs 50,000 waived off for animals in the animal husbandry
  • White Tapping on arterial roads in the next 5 years
  • BBMP to improve and develop 88 lakes, to start with work on 40 lakes
  • New Agriculture University in Muddebihala
  • Compensation amount increased to Rs 2 lakh in case of snake bite or any other mishap and death of farmers; In case of fire mishap and loss of crops Rs 20,000 compensation
  • Rs 2000 pension for wife of farmers who committed suicide.
  • Loans up to Rs 50,0000 taken for cattle rearing till December 31, 2017 waived off
  • Rs 50 crore package for groundnut farmers
  • Rs 239 crore allocation for News and Broadcasting Department
  • Loans of Rs 50,000 at zero per cent interest for female fishermen
  • Raitha Belaku Scheme will be started to give direct income assistance to mitigate miseries of dryland farmers. Rs. 5,000 per hectare till Rs. 10,000 for each farmer will be given to those growing rain-fed crops
  • Use of hydrophonics technology will be promoted for growing of tomato, capsicum, brinjal and leafy vegetables in urban and peri-urban areasExotic fruits like Rambutan, Durian, Dragon fruit, Litchi, Mangosteen, Apple Ber, Avocado to be given priority and promoted
  • Tree plantation programme of 1 km on either side of rivers proposed across the state
  • A total amount of Rs 995 crore to be provided to Horticulture department
  • Siddaramaiah, who is from the Kuruba community, continues to give attention to the livestock - particularly sheep and goat - which is traditionally reared by the community. Schemes worth at least ₹ 65.5 crore have been announced exclusively for sheep/goat development
  • Subsidy for cane crushing machines will be allocated  
  • Irrigation schemes like filling of tanks of Rs 1,137 crore for Belagavi, schemes worth Rs 190 crore for Bagalkot, Rs 50 crore for Hassan
  • Total amount of Rs 1,949 crore is provided to Department of Forest, Environment and Ecology


  • Reduced sales tax on ATF to small aircraft from 28 to 5 percent to support UDAN scheme
  • The consolidated fund size for the year is expected to be Rs. 1,89,679 crore
  • The state's consolidated fund size for 2017-18 was fixed at Rs 1,86,561 crore. This includes support of Rs. 89,957 crore
  • Excise duty increased by 8 per cent
  • 5% decrease Aero-fuel tax
  • Rs 6,647 crore for Home Department


  • Subsidy to 8 Kannada films every year


  • Siddaramaiah announces 30% salary hike for government employees as per the Sixth Pay Commission recommendation. This will cost the State government an additional ₹ 10,508 crore.


  • Free bus pass to all students in the State, accordingly 19.60 lakh students to be benefited
  • Free education to girls studying in PUC, degree  and Post-graduation courses in govt colleges, with a budgetary allocation of Rs 95 crore for 2018-19. This scheme to facilitate 3.7 lakh girl students.
  • Konkani Study Centre in Dharwad at a cost of Rs 1 crore
  • 25 new Morarji Desai hostels to be opened
  • 25% reservation announced for backward classes and minority students in SC/ST post-matric hostels
  • Centre for excellence in designers to be established to promote designs of entrepreneurs and design products
  • An agriculture college will be set up at Chamrajnagar
  • Yoga centre named after Dr Rajkumar to be set up in Bengaluru
  • 750 backward class students to be sent to foreign universities for higher education in the next five years. 150 students in 2018-19.


  • Karnataka Health Centre to be formed to control the private hospitals
  • Rs 2,177 crore allocation for Medical Education
  • Additional 1,000 beds in Medical Colleges
  • Rs 15 crore allocation for CT Scan facility in Kidwai Hospital 
  • 30 Nursing Colleges to be upgraded 
  • Incubation Centre in Kalaburgi at a cost of Rs 5 crore

COMMERCE and INDUSTRIES and Infrastructure

  • A total of Rs 1,681 crore is allocated to the commerce and industries department
  • To promote start ups in Karnataka, an incubation center will be established in Kalaburgi in association with the Deshapande Foundation at the cost of Rs 5 crore
  • Rs 120 crore for maintenance of Indira canteens in BBMP jurisdiction
  • Rs 440 Cr-12 over bridges and underpass from 51.36 km signal- free corridor
  • 20 lakh houses to be built in next five years in cities and rural areas
  • A silk museum will be developed at Talghattapura's Karnataka State Silk Research and Development Institute
  • More air quality monitoring stations to be set up in Karnataka to combat pollution
  • Massive afforestation programme to be taken up along banks of rivers in the state
  • 11 new industrial townships at Koppal, Bellary, Yadgir, Dharwad, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Bengaluru rural and Ramanagara districts
  • Rs 25 crore for pedestrian infrastructure and cycling in other towns


  • State government allocates Rs 147 crore for E-governance department.
  • Five new mobile apps to be developed to help registration, survey of lands- 

    1.Samyojane - to obtain citizen service details of the department
    2.Dishank- to obtain survey number and map on spot
    3.Samikshe - for issuance of digital sketches
    4.Aadhaar Sangrahane - to collect public Aadhaar numbers
    5.Moulya - to know guidance value of any immovable property

  • Government to upgrade Sakaala 2.0 using the modern e-governance tools like e-sing, digital locker etc


  • Athletes to be directly appointed into State police service
  • Government to setup Karnataka Sports University under PPP model
  • Rs 7 crore for Dasara CM Cup sports
  • 5 new hostels for women athletes in the State


  • Rs 200 increase in pension of those who are (more than 75%) physically challenged 
  • Monthly pension under Social Security Scheme increased


  • Development of comprehensive tourism amenities in 20 heritage tourism destinations including Hampi, Beluru-Halebidu, Shravanabelagola, Nandi Hills, Kalburgi
  • On the lines of Delhi Haat, Mysuru Haat will be developed at Karnataka Exhibition Authority in Mysuru
  • Sericulture tourism on the Bengaluru-Mysuru corridor in collaboration with Central Silk Board. An international level 'live museum' will be established in the sericulture area of Channapatna
  • House boats and floating canteens at select tourist locations


  • Toilets to be constructed in Women's Police Station
  • Incentive of Rs 3 lakh for a SC boy marrying a girl from any other caste and Rs 5 lakh for a Scheduled Caste girl marrying a boy from another caste
  • 3,172 crore allocation for welfare of Backward Classes 
  • Nirbhaya Kendras will be established at all police commissioner's office
  • Video linking system will be provided to all district prisons and courts for speedy disposal of pending trials
  • With a cost of Rs 85 crore, new high security prison will be constructed in Mangaluru
  • Karnataka Prison Development Board will be established to give skill training in various professions to prisoners
  • Rs 100 crore high security branch will be established at Bengaluru Central Prison
  • 50 fire stations to be established at the newly formed taluks in the next five years


  • Liquor price goes up; 8% increase in tax


  • Tax on Sales Price to go down; from 28% to 5 %


  • Representation of women in police department enhanced by 25% in the next five years
  • Bumper for Anganawadi workers: Manaswini, Sandhya Suraksha, Maithri beneficiaries to get Rs 500 - Rs 600 additional amount
  • Fee exemption for women applying for KPSC
  • Rs 5 lakh allocation for the marriage of daughters of Devadasis 


  • Labourers Felicitation Day on March 1
  • New building for journalists in Bengaluru 
  • Life Insurance surity for family, if journalists die on duty


  • Project to fill Mantur tank of Mudhol taluk of Bagalkot district at cost of Rs 50 crore 
  • 66 tanks in Ramadurga to be de-silted and filled with water


  • Bengaluru to get 200 MLD water by 2021 everyday
  • New heavy vehicle driving training centres in Bengaluru and Dharwad
  • BBMP to develop 100 km stretch road
  • Shivajinagar Integrated Mobile Centre
  • Swatantrapalya Development
  • KC General Hospital renovation
  • Multi-story paring at Gandhi Bazar, Gandhi Nagar, Jayanagar 4th Block, Koramangala


  • Ten double decker buses through KSRTC for operation between cities
  • DPR for Metro Phase 3 for 105.55 km length line- Route J P Nagar to K R Puram via Hebbal, Toll Gate to Kadabagere, Gottigere to Basavapura, R K Hedge Nagar to Aerospace Park, Kogilu Cross to Rajanakunte, Bommasandra to Attibele and Ibaluru to Karmelram will be taken up
  • Pustaka Jatha will be organised in association with KSRTC to sell Kannada books at concessional rates


  • Rs 20 crore guest house at Tirumala for pilgrims from Karnataka  


  • Mukhyamantri Anila Bhagya to benefit 30 lakh people and to facilitate smoke-free Karnataka