Nation Presents ‘Paperless’ Budget 2023 In The Parliament
FM Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the paperless Budget 2023 on a Tablet device in the Lok Sabha. The Union Budget Mobile App is also available for others.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has chosen to present her fifth Union Budget paperless once more. Instead of the customary briefcase or leather bag, she brought a computer tablet encased in a traditional bahi-khata type pouch.
The yearly budget will be delivered digitally for the third consecutive year. The first time this was mentioned was in 2021 by Sitharaman.
After the Covid-19 outbreak, the decision was made because it would have required roughly 100 people to spend a fortnight in close quarters in a printing press.
The administration made the decision to continue the relocation even after the pandemic receded.
To enable public access to the budget documents after it was presented, a mobile app for the Union Budget was also created.
Today, FM Sitharaman and her staff were photographed outside of her office before leaving for a meeting with the President.
She was spotted clutching a tablet, indicating that this would be her third consecutive presentation of a paperless budget.
Instead of carrying the briefcase, she proceeded straight to Parliament after seeing President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the tablet securely tucked inside a scarlet cover with a golden national flag engraved on it.
The current finance minister has a history of shattering norms and establishing new ones.
In July 2019, Sitharaman, India’s first full-time female finance minister, abandoned the colonial-era budget briefcase in favor of the customary “bahi-khata” to transport the Union Budget materials.
She continued to use the same method the year after, and in 2021, when there was a pandemic, she switched to a digital tablet to carry her speech and other Budget materials.
“Why did I not bring the budget paperwork in a leather bag? I believed it was past time for us to get over our British hangover and take action on our own. Additionally, it’s simpler for me to carry “She’d stated.
The current administration’s budget for the fiscal year beginning April 2023 is its 11th in a row since 2014. (including one interim Budget presented before general elections in 2019).
Sitharaman assumed control of the finance ministry in 2019 and has remained in it ever since. This will be her fifth budget presentation.