In order to mark the beginning of printing of documents relating to Union Budget 2020-21, the customary 'Halwa Ceremony' is set to be held on Monday at the Ministry of Finance, North Block.
Union Budget 2020 will be presented on February 1. As a Finance Minister in Modi 2.0 government, this is the first time Nirmala Sitharaman is going to present budget. For the last many months, the discussion with various cross sections of the society is being conducted to make a more inclusive budget.
Due to high level of secrecy involved, the printing of budget documents will mark the beginning of lockdown of several officials in the finance ministry and who remains cut off from their families until the presentation of the Budget by the finance minister in the Lok Sabha.
As a part of the ritual, which has continued for long, 'halwa' is prepared in a big 'kadhai' and served to the entire staff in the ministry.