Pandemic is bringing new changes in the history of India and Parliamentary sessions. Today on the day of presenting Budget session 2021, centuries old tradition will be unfollowed and a new tradition of holding Bahi-Khata is set by the FM Nirmala Sitharaman.
Paperless Budget 2021
Parliament session is going to be paperless and all the documents will be presented in a digital form. For this, a Union Budget Mobile App has been launched as a part of Digital India mission.
The recent launch is made keeping the pandemic in mind. It will further mark the beginning of new tradition about which Sitharaman earlier said, “Modi government is not a suitcase-carrying government.”
Talking about this new app of government, it is developed for both iOS and Android platform. The aim is to provide easy and quick access of the budget documents to the MPs.
The app is, however, not only accessible to members of parliament but general public can also access it. It will carry the information of budget documents, finance bill, main annual financial statement, and GD i.e. Demand for grants.
Users can access the printable documents and get the complete information about the session in both English and Hindi language. Facility of download is also provided to the users.
The app will be available once the Union Budget 2021 is presented in the Parliament. Users don’t have to login or register on the app. It is developed by the NIC i.e. National Informatics Centre.
Let’s see how this new budget will be different than Union Budget 2020.
End To 18th Century Old Tradition
The tradition of carrying a brown colored suitcase has been adopted from the Britishers. In 1860, for the first time a budget was announced by the chief William E Gladstone who carried the documents in a red suitcase.
Later the suitcase became popular as Gladstone Box which India adopted after independence. Then FM RK Shanmukham Chetty presented the country’s budget in a leather brown briefcase. Since then the tradition to carry a briefcase was followed.
It’s French origin is also a reason why every FM carry a leather bag during budget session. The word is derived from Bougette which in French language known as a leather bag.
New Tradition, New Challenges
Covid-19 has broken down the economy of India, uplifting which will be the real challenge for the policymakers. So, the new budget is expected to made on the lines of boosting country’s economy.
Beside this, the budget is estimated to provide relief and benefits to the farmers and taxpayers. Let’s see what the new budget will bring to the country and it’s citizen.