After much anticipation, the Budget day is finally here. It is yet to be seen if Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stands true to her promise of 'delivering a budget like never before', but she certainly started the eventful day with something fresh, a made in India tablet instead of the 'bahi-khata'.
The Finance Minister was seen holding a red tablet instead of the 'bahi-khata' that she was seen with in the last budget. This year for the first time, the Union Budget will be paperless. Thus, the move to a tab.
The tab has been placed inside a red cover with emblem Ashok Stambh embossed on it in golden, bearing a semblance with Bahi Khata.
Sitharaman in her first budget in 2019 broke the tradition of carrying a leather briefcase that had been for decades used for carrying budget documents.
The tradition of carrying the Budget briefcase was handed over by the British, and a copy of the 'Gladstone box' that is used in the British budget. Nirmala Sitharaman was the first Finance Minister to defy the tradition to carry her papers in a bahi khata.