Nirmala's budget speech was longer than a Bollywood film, yet did not reach the climax - Newztezz Online


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Nirmala's budget speech was longer than a Bollywood film, yet did not reach the climax

Only a few days are left for the General Budget 2023 to come. The current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been doing something unique in her every budget speech. He has given the longest budget speech in the history of the country, which was longer than any Bollywood film...

Craze like watching Bollywood movies among Indian people is also seen to listen to the general budget of the country. Every time some new record is made with the budget speech, and almost every year during the tenure of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, a new record has been made with the budget. He also holds the record of reading the longest budget speech in the history of the country. It was longer than a typical Bollywood film, yet could not reach its climax…

Where earlier Bollywood films made in India used to be of about 3 hours, now their length is on an average of two to two and a half hours. The budget speech that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave in 2020 was 2 hours 42 minutes long, and even then it could not be completed.

budget speech that did not reach the climax

In India, whenever a finance minister presents his budget speech, everyone from the village-farmer to the middle class is interested in it. Every time the middle class imposes the budget with the hope of reducing the tax burden, the villagers and farmers expect development projects like roads, schools, hospitals in their area and any scheme to increase income from the budget.

In the year 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the longest budget speech in history, in which a new income tax structure was introduced for the middle class. At the same time, projects like Kisan Rail were announced for the farmers.

But even after reading the budget speech for 2 hours 42 minutes, his budget speech could not be completed. In the end, two pages of his speech were left unread and the Finance Minister asked the House to consider these pages as read.

Nirmala Sitharaman changed many traditions

Nirmala Sitharaman also changed many traditions related to the budget while being the Finance Minister. For example, instead of a briefcase, she carried the budget document in a ledger. The Finance Minister also presented the country's first paperless budget. At the same time, he also got the 'Halwa ceremony' done before the budget ended.

The smallest budget in the country was only 800 words. This was the budget speech related to the interim budget presented by Finance Minister Hirubhai Muljibhai Patel in 1977.

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