FM Launches Union Budget App; Traditional ‘Halwa Ceremony’ Held

  • On Saturday, the Government of India celebrated the traditional ‘Halwa Ceremony’.

  • Earlier this month, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was uncertainty regarding the celebrations of the ‘Halwa Ceremony’.

  • The ceremony is held every year before the announcement of the Annual Budget.

  • The Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman also launched Union Budget mobile App at the event.

  • The app will provide easy and quick access to Annual Budget 2021.

  • The step has been taken as this year the budget will be paperless for the first time in history.

  • The mobile App will consist of14 Union Budget documents, including the Annual Financial Statement (commonly known as Budget), Demand for Grants (DG), Finance Bill, etc. as prescribed by the Constitution.

  • The App will have a user-friendly interface.

  • The app can be downloaded from the Union Budget Web Portal (


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