Budget-2018 process kicked off with 'Halwa Ceremony'

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has officially kicked off the Union Budget 2018-19 process by taking part in the traditional pre-Budget "Halwa Ceremony" ahead of the Budget presentation on February 1. This marked the inauguration of formal printing of all Budget-related documents. Minister of State (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, and Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia also participated in the ceremony. Ceremony follows the long Indian tradition of having something sweet before any auspicious event. The halwa is served by the Finance Minister to the entire Ministry staff.