Budget 2021: Tablet To Replace Paper In Finance Minister’s Speech

New Delhi: In a first, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will read out her speech from a tablet as she will table a paperless Union Budget in Parliament.

On Monday morning, the minister was seen carrying a tablet in a red sleeve, matching her cream and red silk sari, with the national emblem embossed on it.

The paperless Budget, presented amid COVID-19 restrictions, is also seen as a push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” mission, NDTV reported.

The Finance Minister has also launched a “Union Budget Mobile App” to enable MPs and people to access Budget documents easily.

Earlier in 2019, Sitharaman had famously replaced the standard Budget briefcase of finance ministers with a traditional red “Bahi Khata” (cloth ledger) and had stayed with it last year too.

She said it was high time to shed the “British hangover”. Besides it was easier to carry, she had confessed.

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