Union Budget 2022: Budget-related tradition changed, Halwa Serem abolished Union Budget 2022: Tradition of budget has changed, halwa ceremonies have been canceled

Union Budget 2022: Budget-related tradition changed, Halwa Serem abolished Union Budget 2022: Tradition of budget has changed, halwa ceremonies have been canceled

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Published: Friday, January 28, 2022, 13:50 [IST]

Union Budget 2022: The Union government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the country’s budget in Parliament on Tuesday, February 1. In this age of inflation, people from all walks of life have high hopes for the Union Budget 2022. The Modi government, meanwhile, has made a major change in the important tradition attached to the budget.

According to the finance ministry, the halwa function, which will be held before the budget is presented, has not been planned this time. People involved in budget preparation have been given sweets instead of halwa.

A statement issued by the finance ministry said that this is not the first time this year that a traditional halwa ceremony has been organized in view of the corona virus. Officials involved in the process of preparing the Union Budget 2022 have been ‘locked-in’ at their workplaces, and a halwa ceremony is organized for them every year, the ministry said. This time, however, due to the Koro epidemic and the need to adhere to health safety protocols, they were offered sweets instead of halwa.

Officials from the finance ministry’s closed office and basement are allowed to meet only after the budget is presented. It was also informed by the central government that a paperless budget will be presented in the Lok Sabha this year as well as last year.

A digital copy of the budget will be given to everyone else, including all members of the House. It will be made available through a mobile app.

Notably, the central budget mobile app was created by the central government for paperless budgeting. It can be used in both Hindi and English medium.

English summary

Union Budget 2022 : Tradition of budget has changed, halwa ceremonies have been canceled.

Story first published: Friday, January 28, 2022, 13:50 [IST]

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