India’s Union Budget 2021, set to be tabled in the Parliament in a paperless form for the first time, arrived at the Parliament with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, not in a conventional leather case but on a tablet.
The Finance Minister broke away from the tradition of carrying budget papers to the Parliament in a bulky leather case in 2019 when she lugged her documents in a traditional cloth case, ‘bahi khata’. On Monday, she broke this tradition as well, as she posed with a tablet in a red case with the National Emblem embossed on the cover.
India’s first-ever paperless budget: Nirmala Sitharaman will deliver her budget speech today in Parliament, reading it out from a tablet for the first time #Budget2021 #BudgetWithForbesInd pic.twitter.com/TsP2PV6fMu— Forbes India (@forbes_india) February 1, 2021
The Finance Minister has also launched the “Union Budget Mobile App’’ for Members of Parliament and the general public to access budget documents.
Making the Indian budget go digital is not the only first Sitharaman has been credited with. She is the first woman to present three financial budgets in the history of India. She had become the second woman in the history of independent India to present the Union Budget in 2019.