New Delhi: The public has high expectations from financial minister Nirmala Sitharaman before the budget is presented. Earlier, Before presenting the Budget, the finance Minister used to go to Parliament House with a red briefcase in hand but this time the practice has been changed. Before going to Parliament House, the Finance Minister has been photographed outside the ministry along with his budget core team. This time too, the country's first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman photographed with her core team, but this time she had a red velvet packet instead of a red briefcase in her hand. Nirmala completely changed the practice that has been going on so far.
When Finance Minister Nirmala stepped out of the ministry before presenting the first full budget of PM Narendra Modi's second term, she did not have a red briefcase in the hands of finance ministers. This time Nirmala had a packet with Ashoka pillar mark in her hand. This is the first time that the budget has been replaced by a separate packet. In fact, the country's first budget since Independence was budgeted by the then Finance Minister R.K. Singh. Shanmukham Shetty introduced on November 26, 1947. He then brought budget documents in leather bags.
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The size of the bag remained almost the same throughout the years. However, its color has changed several times. When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the transformational budget in 1991, he carried a black bag. Jawaharlal Nehru, Yashwant Sinha had also arrived to present the budget with black bags, while Pranab Mukherjee accompanied the red briefcase. Brown and the red briefcase were shown in the hands of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, who presented the interim budget this year, arrived in the House with a red briefcase.