Modi govt likely to present full budget; AP CM calls for protests

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is likely to present a full-fledged Budget instead of a vote-on-account.

Finance Ministry sources told Zee Media, “It is a vote on account for 4 months. Earlier it was used to happen for 2 months. The term may be used for convenience. Say it general Budget-2019-20 or Interim budget-2019-20. Budget is Budget. Again new government will come out with new Budget in July 2019.”

Generally the tradition in an election year is to present an interim budget or vote on account. The full budget is presented by the new government after the elections. As per practice, a vote-on-account or approval for essential government spending for a limited period is taken in an election year and a full-fledged budget is presented by the new government.

Meanwhile, Piyush Goyal is likely to present the Budget 1 February as he was last week given the additional charge of finance ministry as Arun Jaitley is in the US for medical treatment. Jaitley has undergone surgery at a hospital in New York earlier this month and has been advised rest by the doctors. Jaitley, had travelled to the US 13 January.

Ministers of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan and Shiv Pratap Shukla had last Monday held the annual pre-budget ritual, Halwa Ceremony, to mark the beginning of printing of Budget documents in the North Block, the seat of Ministry of Finance.

The Narendra Modi-led government had in 2017 scrapped the colonial-era tradition of presenting the budget at the end of February. With the preponement of Budget, ministries are now allocated their budgeted funds from the start of the financial year beginning April.

This gives government departments more leeway to spend as well as allow companies time to adapt to business and taxation plans.

Previously, when the budget was presented at the end of February, the three-stage Parliament approval process used to get completed sometime in mid-May, weeks ahead of the onset of monsoon rains. This meant government departments would start spending on projects only from August-end or September after the monsoon season ended.

AP CM calls for protests
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said 1 February, the day the Central government will present the budget in Parliament, will be a ‘black day’ for the State, and called for protests.

In his daily teleconference with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, Naidu said the Centre had cheated the State in the last five budgets.

He asked his party cadre to observe peaceful protests by sporting black badges and showing black flags when the Centre presents the budget for 2019-20.