The following are the highlights of the outlay provided for women, children and specially abled in the Karnataka Budget 2023-24 presented by CM Basavaraj Bommai on February 17.
- Under “Gruhini Shakti” yojane, for empowerment of women:-
- Monthly assistance of Rs.500 for landless female farm workers.
- Skill development training for 1 lakh women to start profitable home-based industries;
- Grant of Rs.1,000 crore to provide Free Bus pass to 30 lakh women working in organized sector.
- Action to provide cooked Meals to eligible married women in Anganawadis to prevent malnutrition and anaemia under “Arogya pushti” programme.
- Free Bus Pass to 8 lakh girl students of schools and colleges under “Vidyavahini” scheme: Allocation of Rs.350 crore.
- Target for distribution of loan of Rs.1,800 crore at zero rate of interest to 45,000 Self-Help Women Groups in Co-operation sector.
- Bifurcation of Women and Child Department into the Department of Child Nutrition and Department for Women Empowerment.
- Starting 4,000 Child Care Centres in urban areas for the building and other construction workers and 500 Creche facilities to the women under NAREGA scheme.
- Grant of Rs.50 crore for distribution of motorized two wheelers to 5,000 specially-abled under “Swachetana” Yojane.
- Action to provide housing facility to acid attack victims and loan facility for self-employment; Establishment of Special fund in Woman Development Corporation to provide quality medical treatment and legal aid.
- Grant of Rs.2 crore to start 4 Anupalana Griha for the boys aged between 18 to 21.
- Decision to grant gratuity for Anganavadi workers and Assistants; Provision of Rs.40 crore grant; Opportunity for voluntary retirement.