SME Times News Bureau | 24 Jun, 2019
Halwa ceremony marking the commencement of Budget
printing process for the General Budget 2019-20 was held in North Block Saturday
in New Delhi in the presence of the Union Minister of Finance Nirmala
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
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.
At the Halwa Ceremony, the Union Finance Minister
was accompanied by the Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate
Affairs, Anurag Thakur; S.C.Garg, Finance Secretary; A.B.Pandey, Revenue Secretary;
Rajiv Kumar Secretary, DFS, and Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, DIPAM, among
P.C. Mody, Chairman, CBDT; P.K. Das, Chairman,
CBIC, Members of CBDT & CBIC and Shri Arvind Srivastava, Joint Secretary
(Budget), besides other officers and staff of the Ministry of Finance involved
in the Budget preparation and printing process were also present on the
occasion. Later, the Finance Minister took a round of the Press and acquainted
herself about the printing process.