FM Jaitley attends Halwa ceremony ahead of printing of Budget documents
New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley kicked off the Union Budget 2018-19 printing process by participating in the traditional Halwa Ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday. Many other dignitaries were also present at the event. The ceremony, which was performed at North Block here, marks the inauguration of formal printing of different documents relating to the Union Budget for 2018-19. The ‘halwa ceremony’ is observed to maintain the secrecy of the budget preparation process. As part of the ritual, which has continued for long, ‘halwa’ is prepared in a big ‘kadhai’ or wok and served to the entire staff in the ministry.