Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2021

Union Budget to be presented at 11 am on 1st Feb

New Delhi: The Union Budget 2021 will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1 at 11 am.

FILE PHOTO: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds budget papers as she leaves her office to present the federal budget in the parliament in New Delhi, India, Feb. 1, 2020. Photo: Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis/File photo

Sitharaman has said that this year’s budget will be like “never before”, signalling that the government may have some big announcements lined up.

Meanwhile, a major change this year is that the Union Budget 2021 will be a completely paperless exercise in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be the first time ever in the history of independent India that the Union Budget papers will not be printed.

The Budget session of Parliament will begin on January 29 with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind to the joint sitting of both the Houses.

A communication from the Lok Sabha Secretariat said on Thursday that the session would conclude on April 8.

In order to enable the standing committees to consider the Demands for Grants of ministries and prepare their reports, the Houses will adjourn on February 15 and meet again on March 8.

Lke the previous session, both the Houses are likely to sit in shifts with Rajya Sabha meeting in the forenoon and Lok Sabha in the evening as part of health measures adopted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources said the Question Hour would take place in the Budget session. In the previous session, the Question Hour was not taken up due to paucity of time as both Houses met for four hours each.

But a final decision would be taken soon, the sources said.

With inputs from PTI

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