MPs will get Budget on their mobile phones and not printed copies
350 black cat security guards protect Union Budget secrecy
The Indian Members of Parliament will be given only digitized Budget on their Mobile app, and not printed copies of the Union Budget. Paperless Budget is the concept. Due to Covid, on earlier occasions, only Nirmala Sitharaman Part A budget speech was printed and distributed, but this year even that has been dispensed with. Halwaa Ceremony was over on Thursday in the Finance Ministry basement where the Union Budget will be punched into a computer. Many may not know that the Finance Ministry secret budget printing press is situated just below the Finance Ministry building near Rashtrapathi Bhavan in Delhi. No one can enter this as it is highly protected by 350 CISF black cat gun-toting commandos.
Last full budget before the 2024 LS elections
Union Budget 2023-24 will be the Modi government’s last full budget before the ruling National Democratic Alliance faces a general election in 2024. According to analysts, the government is expected to stay the course of fiscal consolidation, and contain the subsidy bill, while stepping up capital investment and domestic manufacturing capacity.
The Union Budget 2023-24 will be presented on February 1 in a paperless form like in the previous two years, while related documents will be available in digital form on a mobile application downloadable on both the Android and Apple OS platforms.
Hindi and English versions available, with other languages to follow soon?
All budget documents and annexures will be available in Hindi and English on the Union Budget app as soon as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman finishes her budget speech, the official said, adding the app will have several new features this year.
On the updated app, made by the National Informatics Centre under the supervision of the department of economic affairs, users will be able to download the budget in PDF format and access specific data through drop-down fields.
“This time, users will also be able to compare data across the previous two Union Budgets,” the official said. The budget was first presented in a paperless form on February 1, 2021, due to COVID-19 disruptions.
“The government will print only 40-odd hard copies. This is an eco-friendly step,” the official said.
Before 2021, the Finance Ministry would print several hundred copies of the Union Budget, a process that had to be stopped because of the pandemic. The printing of the budget usually takes place inside the North Block, which houses the Finance Ministry.
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