Union Budget 2019: 'Halwa Ceremony' Held at Finance Ministry Ahead of Printing Budget Documents

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2019-2020 on Friday, July 5 in Parliament. Indian television channels are going all out to get their creative best for the Budget Day. In a 'level up' advertisement for Budget 2019, one Hindi news channel shows Nirmala Sitharaman as Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

New Delhi, June 22: The first full-term Union Budget of the second Narendra Modi-led government will be presented on July 5. The preparation was kickstarted with the "halwa ceremony" at the Finance Ministry headquarters in Delhi. As per the tradition, the printing of Budget-related documents begin after officials and workers at the Finance Ministry share the sweet.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, along with MoS Anurag Thakur and other officials of the Finance Ministry were present as the halwa was prepared and shared by them. Sitharaman Holds Pre-Budget Meeting With Finance Ministers of All States

Visuals of the Halwa Ceremony Shared by ANI:

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This would be the first occasions in nearly 50 years when the Union Budget would be presented by a woman. Sitharaman is the first female leader after late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to head the Finance Ministry.

Out of the five Budgets presented during Narendra Modi's erstwhile regime, four were rolled out by BJP veteran Arun Jaitley, whereas, the Interim Budget 2019, rolled out on February 1 this year, was presented by Piyush Goyal.