Digital Budget 2021: 'Made in India' tablet replaces 'bahi-khata'

People watching budget telecast at an electronic showroom in Dhanbad on Monday

With the move aimed at a paperless Budget, now "bahi khata" (a ledger wrapped in a red cloth) has been completely removed from this year - a move to reinforce Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious "Digital India" mission.

Sitharaman, who will present the Budget for the third time, is expected to lift and give an impetus to the Indian economy that has been battered due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

The budget app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the guidance of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

The Budget comes at a time when India has been battling with the Covid-19 pandemic and the economy is reeling under the aftereffects of the lockdown. The budget documents will be made available on the mobile app solemn after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman finishes presenting the Union Budget 2021 in the Parliament on February 1, 2021.

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The FY22 health and well-being spend has been pegged at 2.23 lakh crore, Sitharaman said. "Our government is fully prepared to support and facilitate a reset of the economy", she said, adding that 2021 is the year of "milestones".

The Congress leader shared his wish list almost half-an-hour before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Union Budget 2021 in Parliament.

This is 34.5 per cent higher than Budget estimate of Rs 4.12 lakh crore in 2020-21.

Around 17,000 rural and 11,000 urban health and wellness centres to be set up across the country, Sitharaman said.

# FM Sitharaman announced PM Aatmanirbhar Swastha Bharat, which will be launched with an outlay of 64,180 cr over 6 years.

In order to boost manufacturing in India, the finance minister also announced a production linked incentive (PLI) scheme with an outlay of Rs 1.97 lakh crore for 5 years starting this fiscal. "The government is committed to providing more funds. This is a 137 per cent increase".

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