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Jaitley offers pre-Budget ‘halwa’ to finance ministry officials


New Delhi :Following the Indian tradition of having something sweet before setting out on an auspicious work, the Finance Ministryy performed the “halwa” ceremony to mark the commencement of the printing process for the 2018-19 Budget.
Traditionally, the sweet dish is cooked in large quantity and the Finance Minister serves it to the officials in the ministry, who remain incommunicado and stay in the North Block — where the Union Finance Ministry is housed — till the presentation of the Budget.
Budget 2018-19 would be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1.
Jaitley on Saturday celebrated the “halwa” ceremony with Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs SC Garg, among other officials.