Budget 2021 shall be paperless, one other first as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivers her third budget. This morning, she was seen carrying a tablet in a red sleeve, matching her cream and crimson silk sari, with the nationwide emblem embossed on it.
Nirmala Sitharaman had famously changed the usual Budget briefcase of finance ministers with the normal crimson “Bahi-Khata” or fabric ledger in 2019 and he or she had stayed with it final 12 months.
She stated it was “high time” to shed the “British hangover”. Besides, it was simpler to hold, she had confessed.
The paperless Budget, introduced amid restrictions due to Covid, can be seen to be a push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” mission.
This 12 months, the Finance Minister has launched the “Union Budget Mobile App” to allow MPs and other people to entry Budget paperwork simply.
For a long time, India’s finance ministers had all the time carried briefcases that had been crimson, black, tan or brown, which is a British custom.
Ms Sitharaman will current her authorities’s plan at a time the nation faces challenges starting from a once-in-a-century pandemic, job losses and a farmer protest.
The Finance Minister has promised a “never before” finances; PM Modi tempered expectations saying the Budget would come with measures introduced in “4-5 mini budgets in 2020” for a pandemic-hit nation.