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Karnataka budget: Siddaramaiah govt allocates Rs 52,000 crore towards 5 poll promises

The Congress in the Karnataka assembly elections held in May had charted 5 key guarantees in its manifesto, which became contributory in its thumping victory winning 136 seats in the 224-member assembly defeating the ruling BJP.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah while presenting his record 14th budget at the state assembly on Friday, announced allocation of Rs 52,000 crore towards the 5 key gurantees made by the Congress in the last held elections.

The Siddaramaiah government has a budget outlay of Rs 3.27 lakh crore for the year 2023-2024.

The allocation of Rs 52,000 is slated to benefit nearly 1.3 crore families of Karnataka.

The Congress in the Karnataka assembly elections held in May had charted 5 key guarantees in its manifesto, which became contributory in its thumping victory winning 136 seats in the 224-member assembly defeating the ruling BJP.

The 5 promises pledged by the Congress were:

  1. Gruha Lakshmi: Rs 2000 monthly assitance to the woman head of the family.
  2. Gruha Jyoti: 200 units free electricity to all households.
  3. Anna Bhagya: 10 kilogram free rice to each member of a household under Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.
  4. Yuva Nidhi: Rs 3000 for unemployed graduate youth and Rs 1500 for unemployed diploma holders falling between age group 18-25 years, every month for two years.
  5. Shakti: Free public transport bus travel for women.

BJP, who is attacking the Congress calling it freebies, Siddaramaiah slammed saying it to be fruits of development meant to be shared with the poor.

Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Finance Ministry portfolio presented its 14th budget setting a record and succeeding former State CM Ramakrishna Hegde, who held the record for presenting the budget 13 times.

The state assembly’s budget session started on Monday. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot stressed upon the need for eradicating corruption from the state.

This is the first budget to be presented by the newly formed Congress ruled government in Karnataka.

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Karnataka government introduces standardised fares for taxi services, including Ola, Uber

The motive of bringing standardised fares, for all taxi services, is to address the complaints of overcharging and form a uniform fare system.

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The Karnataka government introduced standardised fares for taxi services in the state, including online taxi services like Ola and Uber. The motive of bringing standardised fares, for all taxi services, is to address the complaints of overcharging and form a uniform fare system.

As per the revised fare structure announced by the government, the taxi vehicles will be categorised into three classes based on the cost of the vehicle.

The minimum fare for cab rides has been set according to the cost of the vehicle. For vehicles costing up to 10 lakh, the minimum fare is Rs 100 for a distance of up to 4 km, with an additional charge of Rs 24 for every km thereafter.

For vehicles costing between 10 lakh and 15 lakh, the minimum fare for the first 4 km is Rs 115, with an additional charge of Rs 28 for every km thereafter. For vehicles costing above 15 lakh, the minimum fare for the first 4 km will be Rs 130, with an additional charge of Rs 32 for every km thereafter. Cab aggregators are not allowed to charge passengers extra during peak hours, according to the order.

According to reports, L Hemanth Kumar, additional commissioner for transport and secretary of the State Transport Authority said earlier, that there were separate fares for app-based and city taxis. The authority decided to introduce uniform fares for all taxis/cabs. Further, the state removed the non-AC category from the fare structure, as all vehicles now come equipped with AC facilities, he added.

The order specifies that passengers will not be charged for waiting for the first five minutes. After that, they will be charged Rs 1 for every additional minute. Furthermore, app-based aggregators will collect 5% GST, and toll charges may be collected from passengers.

Passengers travelling between 12 am and 6 am will be charged fares that are 10% higher than regular fares. The order emphasizes that fares should not be charged based on time, but instead should be based on the fares fixed by the government. It also states that passengers should not be charged any unauthorized fares.

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Karnataka: Class 9 student of Govt school gives birth to baby, POCSO case registered

The police have registered a case of rape under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

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In a shocking incident, a class 9 student of a government school in Karnataka, delivered a baby boy at a hospital in Chikkaballapura. The police have registered a case of rape under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The minor girl, 14, was residing at the hostel of a residential school, run by the state government in Tumakuru district. According to police, the girl complained of stomach pain when she visited her parents in Bagepalli taluk, minor’s parents took her to hospital where after the test, the doctors found minor was pregnant.

The girl was admitted to the hospital and after a medical check-up and necessary tests, the doctors performed the delivery on January 9. The girl was underweight but she and her baby were stable, a senior police officer said.

The police were informed by the hospital authorities, leading to the registration of a case under section 376 of the IPC and other applicable sections of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act, as stated by him.

The Child Welfare Committee provided counselling to the girl. While receiving counselling, she admitted to getting pregnant by a boy who was her senior in school. During questioning, the officer mentioned that the boy denied it.

We have lodged a case regarding the matter, but no arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident. The girl and her parents are choosing to stay quiet. They are currently undergoing counselling. There is a lack of consistency in the girl’s statements. Moreover, she included the name of another senior boy in her conversation, said the officials. The officer mentioned that they were questioning everyone to identify the person responsible.

According to officials, the Tumakuru district administration has suspended the hostel warden in the case. Such cases in the past, have shocked the nation and concerns about the safety of children in school premises are under questioning again.

    

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Karnataka: 6 men barge into hotel room in Haveri, assault inter-faith couple, video surfaces

According to police, the incident came to light after victims informed the police, and registered a case against the accused. The incident occurred on January 7.

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In a shocking incident, that took place in Karnataka’s Haveri district, six men barged into a hotel room and thrashed an inter-faith couple. The man belongs to the Hindu and the woman belongs to the Muslim religion.

According to police, the incident came to light after victims informed the police, and registered a case against the accused. The incident occurred on January 7.

After registering the case, police have arrested two accused in the case so far.

The group of men belong to the Muslim community, as per the reports. After receiving the information about the presence of an inter-faith couple, they barged into the hotel room and assaulted the couple.  

The accused men also filmed the incident while abusing the couple. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media platforms.

According to Haveri Superintendent of Police, Anshu Kumar, two accused have been arrested and the police are further investigating the matter to apprehend the accused. The police officer said that the police would arrest three to four more people soon.  

The miscreants were locals and are not affiliated to specific organisations, he added.

The police officer said that initially it was an assault case and we arrested two people. However, based on the statement of the victims, we are looking to add sections such as kidnapping, outraging the modesty of a woman, assaulting a woman, and attempting to murder, Kumar further added.

According to reports, the incident happened at a private hotel in Hanagal 4th Cross where the group of men entered the hotel, and faked their purpose of visiting the hotel room by saying they wanted to check if the water supply was good. The moment, man opened the door, miscreants thrashed the couple and assaulted them.

According to reports, the woman who was assaulted in the incident has been sent for a medical checkup at the Hanagal Taluka Hospital.

  

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