Pre-budget media quarantine in FinMin to start from Dec 1

This would be last full budget of the Narendra Modi led government which came to power in May 2014.

Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 21:14 PM IST
Pre-budget media quarantine in FinMin to start from Dec 1

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry situated at the North Block will be out of bounds for media from December 1 as its enters the last lap of budget preparation for next financial year.

The budget is likely be tabled in Parliament in the first week of February. The last budget was presented on February 1.

Since the work on budget for 2018-19 has already commenced and gaining momentum, the Finance Ministry has decided not to allow entry of media from December 1, official sources said.

This would be last full budget of the Narendra Modi led government which came to power in May 2014.

Finance Minister's Arun Jaitley's Budget team comprises Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and Pon Radhakrishnan, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar.

The official team is led by Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg, Expenditure Secretary A N Jha, Disinvestment Secretary N K Gupta and Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar.

Media personnel with valid PIB cards are allowed to enter North Block, the seat of Finance Ministry, without a prior appointment. But during the quarantine period such entries will be barred.

With the budget documents being guarded like the gold in Fort Knox, electronic sweeping devices are being installed and private e-mail facilities to most computers in the ministry are blocked.