Kerala Budget 2021: Welfare pensions raised to Rs 1,600

Thiruvananthapuram: The sixth budget of the Pinarayi Vijayan government was presented by Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in the Assembly on Friday.

The budget is a development document of Covid-19 affected Kerala and his budget speech began with his usual poem recital.

The finance minister said the government has taken every crisis as an opportunity and pointed out that the government has created confidence among the people.

In his budget presentation, the minister claimed that the steps taken by Kerala have been noticed. 

Some of the key highlights of budget:

Welfare pensions to increase to Rs 1600

Two thousand crore from KIIFB for universities, one thousand crore for affiliated colleges

30 Centres for Excellence in universities

1000 posts in universities

More education facilities for five lakh children in higher education sector

All homes to get laptop

Better internet service at low cost

Free internet for BPL families

First phase of KFON project will be completed in Februay

E-health, e-commerce to be strengthened

Eight lakh job opportunities will be created

The health department will create 4000 posts

Job seekers' information will be made available on digital platform

Loan for job seekers including computers

20 lakh jobs in five years

20 crore for work project near home

22 crore for development of Techno Park 

36 crore for development of Info Park 

12 crore for development of Cyber Park 

40 crore for Kerala Innovation Challenge

IKFC, KSFE, Kerala bank loans for Work from Home schemes

200 crore as Knowledge Economy Fund

Procurement price of paddy has been increased to Rs 28

Procurement price of coconut has been increased by Rs 5 to Rs 32

Rehabilitation of 4530 km of roads will be completed

Action plan for educated people

Special employment scheme for women

Additional Rs 1,000 crore will be given to local bodies

Rs 15,000 crore KIIFB project will be implemented

Floor price will be increased to Rs 170 Asianet Online