Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman led the halwa ceremony which marks the commencement of Budget printing process for the General Budget 2019-20. Minister of State Anurag Thakur and senior officials of the ministry were present at the event which was held in North Block.
Union General Budget 2019-20 is to be presented on 5th July, 2019. To maintain the secrecy of Budget, there is a “lock-in” of the officials involved in making the Budget. Budget press situated in North Block, which houses all the officials in the period leading up to the presentation of the Union Budget. These officers and staff gain touch with their near and dear ones only after the Budget is presented by the Union Finance Minister in Parliament.
Officials who participated in the ceremony included finance secretary SC Garg, revenue secretary AB Pandey, secretary DFS Rajiv Kumar, Secretary, DIPAM Atanu Chakraborty and others.