Halwa ceremony marking the commencement of Budget printing process for Interim Budget 2014-15 was held in North Block yesterday in the presence of the Union Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram. Interim Budget 2014-15 is to be presented on 17th February, 2014.
To maintain the secrecy of Budget, there is a “lock-in” of the officials involved in making the Budget. Budget press situated in North Block, which houses all the officials in the period leading up to the presentation of Interim Budget.
These officers and staff gain touch with their near and dear ones only after the Budget is presented by the Union Finance Minister in Parliament.
At the Halwa Ceremony, the Finance Minister Shri was accompanied by Shri Namo Narain Meena and Shri J.D.Seelam, both Ministers for State for Finance, Shri Sumit Bose, Finance Secretary and other Secretaries of the Finance Ministry, Chairperson of CBEC and CBDT and Joint Secretary (Budget) and other officers and staff of the Ministry of Finance involved in Budget preparation and printing process.