[ad_1] When Budget documents were printed only in English, and why it changed

Jan 31, 2024

When Budget documents were printed only in English, and why it changed

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India's first Budget

On November 26, 1947, R K Shanmukham Chetty, the finance minister at the time, unveiled the first Union budget.

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The language barrier

For a long time since 1947, the Budget was only presented in English and the papers were in English too, reflecting the British Raj's ways.

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What changed?

Here is what changed after that.

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CD Deshmukh's idea

When Finance Minister CD Deshmukh started the practice of printing the Budget documents in both Hindi and English during the 1955–56 fiscal year, the old rules changed.

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Breaking the shackles

This was done to break away from the shackles of the British government, long after India gained its independence.

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Who is CD Deshmukh?

CD Deshmukh was the third Finance Minister of independent India and served in the portfolio from 1950 to 1956.

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RBI connect

Deshmukh was the first Indian governor of the Reserve Bank of India and a former civil servant.

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Physical to digital

Since Deshmukh's language change move, the Budget has gone through a lot of changes. Now, the Budget is printed and presented digitally and has done away woth physical papers.

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