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Who Will Present the Union Budget 2023?

The parliamentary budget session will start its activity on 31 January 2023, but the budget itself will be presented a day later, on 1 February. The 2023 session of the Union Budget will last for a total of 27 sessions, continuing till 6 April. These are touted to be spread over a period of 66 days. The Union Budget 2023 is a much-anticipated event in any year in India. The 2023 budget is even more awaited due to the fact that this will be the last complete budget before the next general election in May 2024 in India. Given this, the upcoming budget is expected to appease the large Indian population with a concentration on job development and financial momentum for the agricultural sector

The Parliamentary Budget Session

The parliamentary budget session, commencing before both houses of parliament on 31 January, will be addressed by the President of India, Droupadi Murmu. This will be done in the central hall of parliament. This address will be the first of its kind delivered by the recently appointed President Droupadi Murmu. In this parliamentary session, another significant presentation will occur. This will be the presentation of the Economic Survey of India by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. Technically, the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance of the Indian government creates this document. This is essentially a report comprising information on changes to the economic policies concerning India for the upcoming fiscal year. Hence, you could say that it plays the role of a financial report card.

The Presentation of the Union Budget 2023

As in previous years, the Finance Minister is the person who makes the presentation of the Union Budget. This will be done on the 1 February this year, by the current Financial Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. For the fifth time that the Finance Minister is presenting the budget, analysts expect that her speech will be somewhat lengthy, as it is the last budget speech by the government before the new general elections next year. In previous years, the Finance Minister has made somewhat lengthy speeches, the longest lasting for more than two hours (for the Union Budget some years ago). This was in the midst of the pandemic, with it being touted as the lengthiest in the history of speeches made by any parliamentarian in India. On average, the speech pertaining to a budget should last about 1.5 hours to 2 hours. 

Waiting for the Budget

The Union Budget is specifically designed to create an economic plan for the coming year. The budget also generates information about the fiscal operations of the Indian government. The presentation of the budget is an annual occurrence which affects every Indian citizen from any socio-economic background. In this currently anticipated budget, analysts expect (and hope) for specific financial commitments to sustainability (renewable energy and the like), exemptions regarding loans, revamping slabs of income tax, job creation plans, and financing the agricultural sectors with a move to defining a better standard of living for the weaker economic sections of India. 

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