Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the beginning of her budget speech, ‘This budget has been prepared in circumstances which were not there before. We knew about the disasters that have affected a country or a region within a country. But there is no example of what we endured with Kovid 19 in 2020. He read the lines of Rabindranath Tagore in his budget speech. He said, “Faith is the bird that senses light and sings when darkness remains at dawn.”
The Finance Minister said, ‘We all remember again and again that our fight against Kovid 19 will continue in 2021 as well. There are signs that political, economic and strategic relations are changing in the world. This moment in history is the beginning of a new era.
The finance minister said in the beginning of his budget speech that the government announced Rs 27.1 lakh crore as a self-sufficient package to deal with the Kovid-19 epidemic. According to tradition, the Finance Minister met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan before going to Parliament. Traditionally, copies of the budget are brought to the Parliament premises before the arrival of the Finance Minister, but this year due to the Kovid-19 protocol, no documents have been printed.
Sitharaman, wearing an off-white and scarlet silk sari, continued her tradition of carrying the budget speech as a bookkeeper. For this, he used a red colored purse bookkeeping.