Karnataka budget 2019-20: Highlights
*CM HD Kumaraswamy earmarks Rs 5 crore for enhancing vaccine production to prevent Monkey fever (Kyasanuru Forest Disease) that's hitting some the districts in Malnad.
*Presenting the ruling coalition's second budget in the assembly here, Kumaraswamy, who holds the finance portfolio, said it had benefited about 12 lakh farmers.
*The JDS-Congress government in Karnataka has released Rs 5,450 crore so far towards the farmer's loan waiver scheme, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said Friday.
*BJP MLAs after shouting slogans from their seats staged a walk out. They will stage a Dharna before Kengal Hanumanthaiah statue for not giving budget copies.
But the main reason for the ‘new’ rule, it is said, is that the HD Kumaraswamy government and the chair do not want to face the embarrassment of chaos in the House, with budget copies being torn apart and used as paper missiles by the opposition BJP to vent their anger against the ruling coalition.
While the official stand of the speaker is a marked departure from convention — copies were always distributed as soon as the CM begins his speech — the new ‘rule’ is practiced in Parliament with the Union Budget. Copies are distributed only after the finance minister delivers his address.
Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and the government have decided not to distribute copies of the 2019- 20 budget in the assembly when the chief minister HD Kumaraswamy reads his speech.