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Budget Documents Will Not be Printed This Year

Every year the government announces the Budget. The documents are printed two weeks prior to the actual announcement of the budget. This procedure...

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

/ by Avishek Bera

 


News Cover: Every year the government announces the Budget. The documents are printed two weeks prior to the actual announcement of the budget. This procedure has been going on since 26th November 1947. 

Before the printing process, an annual tradition is followed as per Indian traditions. Halwa is made which marks the beginning of the process of printing and it is offered to the staff members. 

The printing process takes place in the basement of North Block. For the first time since 1947, the government said that the Budget documents will not be printed this year. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 100 workers are involved in the process of printing and transporting these documents for 2 weeks. 

Keeping over 100 people together in a printing press, is risky as it could lead to the spread of the virus. Hence, the Union Government decided to stop the printing of the budget documents. Instead for the first time an e-version of the document in the form of a PDF will be mailed to everyone. 

The PDF would be sent to 750 Members of the Parliament. Distribution of physical copies was already stopped for the media. On the Budget Day, the Finance Ministers carry the documents to the Parliament in a leather briefcase. 

However, in 2019 and 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman carried the documents in a traditional bahi khata. Sitharaman will present the Union Budget for the year 2021-22 on 1st February. Now, one can access the Budget speech and the related documents on the website. But you can view it only after the Budget is announced. 

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