Halwa ceremony held at finance ministry to mark printing of Union Budget 2019 documents

New Delhi: The traditional 'halwa ceremony' was held at the finance ministry in the North Block in New Delhi on Saturday, which marks the beginning of printing of Budget documents.

 Halwa ceremony held at finance ministry to mark printing of Union Budget 2019 documents

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2019 on 5 July. Image courtesy - FinMin

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the ceremony in the presence of Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, SC Garg, Finance Secretary, AB Pandey, Revenue Secretary, Rajiv Kumar Secretary, Department of Financial Services, and Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), and other officials.

Sitharaman, India's first full-fledged woman finance minister, will present the annual Budget for the financial year 2019-20 on 5 July. She will table the Economic Survey report in Parliament on 4 July.

To maintain the secrecy of the Budget, there is a lock-in of the officials involved in making the Budget.

The finance minister also took a round of the Press and acquainted herself with the printing process.

According to an official statement, PC Mody, Chairman, CBDT, PK Das, Chairman, CBIC, Members of CBDT and CBIC, and Arvind Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Budget, and other officers and staff of the Ministry of Finance involved in the Budget preparation and printing process were also present on the occasion.

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Updated Date: Jun 24, 2019 13:32:01 IST