‘Halwa ceremony’ marks beginning of budget printing process

K. R. Srivats New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2015 Published on February 19, 2015

The ‘Halwa Ceremony’ marking the commencement of printing process of budget documents for Union Budget 2015-16 was held here on Thursday.

This ceremony was held in North Block in the presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.   

More than 100 officials involved in making the Union Budget 2015-16 will be locked in from Friday in the budget press in North Block.

They will remain there till the Finance Minister’s budget speech is over in Lok Sabha on February 28.  

To maintain the secrecy of the budget preparation process, there is a “lock-in” of the officials involved in making the budget.

Budget Press in North Block houses all these officials in the period leading up to the presentation of Union Budget in Parliament by the Finance Minister. These officers will gain touch with their near and dear ones only after the Union Budget is presented on February 28.

Published on February 19, 2015
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