Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File photo)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File photo)

Union Budget 2022-23 to be presented on February 1 in paperless form

New Delhi, January 27, 2022

The Union Budget 2022-23 will be presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in paperless form in the Lok Sabha on February 1.

To mark the final stage of the Union Budget making process, sweets were provided to the core staff due to undergo “lock-in” at their workplaces, instead of the customary "halwa" ceremony every year in view of the prevailing pandemic situation and the need to observe health safety protocols.

To maintain the secrecy of Budget, there is a “lock-in” of the officials involved in making the Budget. Budget Press, situated inside North Block, houses all officials in the period leading up to the presentation of the Union Budget. These officers and staff will come in contact with their near and dear ones only after the Budget is presented by the Union Finance Minister in Parliament.

The Union Budget of 2021-22 was the first to be delivered in paperless form.

A “Union Budget Mobile App” was also launched for hassle-free access of Budget documents by Members of Parliament (MPs) and the general public. The Union Budget 2022-23 will also be available on the app after the process of Budget presentation has been completed on February 1 in Parliament.

The mobile App allows complete access to 14 Union Budget documents, including the Budget Speech, Annual Financial Statement (commonly known as Budget), Demand for Grants (DG), Finance Bill etc. as prescribed by the Constitution. The mobile app is bilingual (English & Hindi) and is available on both Android and iOS platforms.

The App as well as the budget documents can be downloaded from the Union Budget Web Portal.


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