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Tuesday, 19 January 2021 8.33 PM IST

Budget 2021: No Halwa ceremony, Budget copies won't be printed for first time since 1947

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NEW DELHI: The countdown for the budget has begun. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her A-team are gearing up to present one of the most challenging budget of modern India with Covid-19 sending the Indian economy into a coma. But one thing is for certain, It will be a budget like never before.

The first indications of a “never-like-before” budget are already here. Along with a budget that will provide a vaccine for the Indian economy, this will be a budget that will take a break from the age-old traditions and customs.

For the first time since November 26, 1947, the budget copies will not be printed. North Block houses a dedicated press for printing the budget documents accompanied with a boarding and lodging area for as many as 100 budget officials that are housed in the press till the budget documents are sealed and delivered. But due to worries on the spread of Covid-19, the government has decided to give this custom a miss.

Not only that, the traditional Halwa Ceremony that marks the official printing of the budget is also set to be dropped. The budget is set to go digital end all the 750 members of parliament will get soft copies of the budget and economic survey. The familiar sight of trucks loaded with budget papers in the parliament on the budget day will also be given a miss.

2020-21 has been a breakout year in many ways. Along with many things that Covid-19 bought forward, a paperless parliament is also one. The parliament had been trying to digitize its records for many years but it now looks like that we could be a step closer to it all thanks to the pandemic.

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TAGS: BUDGET 2021, NIRMALA SITARAMAN, FINANCE MINISTER, BUDGET, ECONOMIC SURVEY, INDIAN ECONOMY, NOVEMBER 26, COVID 19
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