Budget 2020

Budget 2015-16 begins to stir with halwa ceremony

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with his Minister of State Jayant Sinha and others during the halwa ceremony that marks the beginning of printing of budget documents at the Ministry's North Block office on Thursday.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with his Minister of State Jayant Sinha and others during the halwa ceremony that marks the beginning of printing of budget documents at the Ministry's North Block office on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The process of printing documents for the Budget 2015-16 began on Thursday with the ritual halwa ceremony, which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in North Block.

It has been a tradition which has continued for long. As part of the ritual, halwa is prepared in a big kadhai (vessel) and served to the staff of the Ministry.

The significance of the sweet dish is that after it is served, a large number of officials and support staff, who are directly associated with budget making and printing process, are required to stay in the Ministry and remain cut off from their families till the presentation of the budget by the Minister.

They are not even allowed to contact their near and dear ones through phone or any other form of communication, like email. Only very senior officials in the Finance Ministry are permitted to go home.

The budget, which will be the first full-fledged budget of this NDA government, will be presented on February 28, 2015.

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Joint Secretary (Budget) Rajat Bhargava and other officers and staff of the Ministry involved with budget preparation were also present at the halwa ceremony.

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