Karnataka government colleges announces free education for women

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New Delhi : In an attempt to encourage women education, the Karnataka government has decided to offer free education to girl students pursuing pre-university, graduation and post-graduate courses in government-run colleges. This motivational scheme has been approved by the state cabinet and will be implemented from the current academic year onwards.

The government would bear the college fees of 3.7 lakh girls, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Krishna Byregowda told reporters. This scheme will cost Rs 95 crore to the state exchequer annually, he told PTI

The cabinet also showed interest towards tourism promotion policy that would encourage films to be shot in tourist destinations in the state.

The tourism department would pay an honorarium ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.5 crore depending upon the scale of the film project, he told PTI.

Besides, the cabinet approved simplifying the procedure for change of land use from agriculture to residential and other purposes, the revival of an ailing sugar factory in Bidar and modernisation of Ghataprabha Left Bank Canal at an expenditure of Rs 573 crore.

The cabinet also approved and revision of allowances for employees as recommended in the sixth pay commission, which would incur an annual additional expenditure of Rs 400 crore.