New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: The Finance Ministry on Saturday held the customary 'halwa ceremony' to kick off the process of printing documents for the Union Budget 2021 slated to be presented in the Parliament on February 1. 

A video shared by news agency ANI showed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other senior ministry officials observing the symbolic ritual at the North Block. Watch the video here:

Every year, ahead of Union Budget presentation, the government follows an annual tradition of hosting a halwa ceremony which marks the process of printing documents for the Union Budget and the official kick-off of events. The halwa ceremony also recognises and lauds the efforts of every staff who have been a part of the budget-making process. 

This year, for the first time in the history of independent India, there will be no printing of either the Union Budget 2021 or the economic survey due to COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Budget Session will commence on February 29 with President Ram Nath Kovind's address both houses of Parliament assembled together at 11 am. The Session is likely to conclude on April 8. In order to enable the standing committees to consider the Demands for Grants of ministries and departments, and prepare their reports, the House will adjourn on February 15. It will meet again on March 15

Posted By: Lakshay Raja