Budget 2021: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replaces Swadeshi 'bahi khata' with 'Made in India' tablet

It is to be noted that Union Budget 2021 is going to be completely paperless due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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As Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gets ready to present paperless Union Budget 2021 for the first time on Monday (February 1), she replaced Swadeshi 'bahi khata' with a digital tablet.

Talking to Zee Media, Sitharaman said that she is going to present Union Budget 2021 using a 'Made in India' tablet. It may be recalled, in 2019, Sitharaman broke an age-old tradition of carrying a briefcase for the Union Budget presentation by deciding to carrying a ‘bahi khata’. 

It is to be noted that Union Budget 2021 is going to be completely paperless due to COVID-19 pandemic. The soft copies of the budget will be provided to all members of the parliament.

The Budget presentation will begin with a speech from Finance Minister scheduled to take place at around 11 am.

Ahead of her third Budget presentation, the Finance Minister and her team will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, and will likely be accompanied by her deputy Anurag Thakur and other officials of the Finance Ministry.

The Union Cabinet will hold a meeting at 10:15 am before the presentation of Union Budget 2021 in Lok Sabha. Usually, the duration of the presentation ranges from 90 to 120 minutes.

The Budget 2021 will be telecast LIVE on Lok Sabha TV.

Earlier, "Union Budget Mobile App" was launched by Sitharaman for hassle-free access of Budget documents by Members of Parliament (MPs) and the general public using the simplest form of digital convenience, according to the Finance Ministry.

The App facilitates complete access to 14 Union Budget documents, including the Annual Financial Statement (commonly known as Budget), Demand for Grants (DG), and Finance Bill as prescribed by the Constitution.

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The first part of the Budget Session is scheduled to continue till February 15 while the second part of the session will be held from March 8 to April 8.

Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm and Lok Sabha from 4 pm to 9 pm with Zero Hour and Question Hour. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Saturday that the budget session will take up 38 legislative items.

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