First time paperless budget since independence on 1st February, 2021
The Finance Ministry has taken the decision not to print the upcoming budget’s documents and go paperless. Taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a significant break from the tradition, creating a historic move since independence of India.
The decision has been taken as the printing process would require several people to stay at the press for around a fortnight amid the coronavirus fears.
As per an official “The Budget papers- the Union Budget and Economic Survey will not get printed, soft copies will be provided.” All members of Parliament will receive the soft copies of the Union Budget, the official added.
Further, the Government has received permission for the same from both the Houses of Parliament. The budget is scheduled to be presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1.