Hours after being sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah announced that the new cabinet has given in-principle approval to implement the five “guarantees” that were promised to voters in the electoral manifesto of the Congress party. The new Karnataka government accorded in-principal approval to implement the Gruha Lakshmi scheme, which will provide financial assistance of ₹2,000 a month to every woman head of household in Karnataka.
Other promises will be implemented over the next five years, Siddaramaiah said. “In the past we fulfilled what had promised and in (the) future too we will do the same”.
What are the 5 guarantees promised by the Congress party?
1. Gruha Jyothi
Under Gruha Jyothi, the Congress will provide free electricity up to 200 units in all houses in Karnataka.
2. Gruha Lakshmi
Under this, Congress has promised to provide ₹2,000 to each woman head of family.
3. Anna Bhagya
Every person in Below Poverty Line (BPL) family will get 10 kg of food grains per month.
4. Yuva Nidhi
₹3,000 will be provided per month to unemployed graduates, and ₹1,500 will be given to unemployed diploma holders under Yuva Nidhi.
5. Shakti scheme
The Congress has promised to provide free travel to all women throughout the state in regular KSRTC/BMTC buses.
Earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah was sworn in as Karnataka CM, along with eight Congress MLAs – including party boss Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank and ex-deputy chief minister G Parameshwara.
The remaining ministers sworn in were K H Muniyappa, M B Patil, K J George, Ramalinga Reddy, and B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan.