First Paperless Budget 2021 in Legislative Assembly
In 2021, Uttar Pradesh became the first Indian state to present a paperless budget. It was the first time since India's independence that the Union budget 2021 was delivered in a paperless format. Ipads were provided to all the State Legislature members to view the highlights of the budget. It was overall the fifth budget of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state.
The state budget was also made available online just after Finance Minister tabled it in the house. All the members of the state legislature were provided iPads to discuss the state budget, which was also displayed on two big screens put up in the house.
The budget was read by the Finance Minister. A hard copy of the budget was not presented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the 'Union Budget app' was also launched for smooth access to Budget related documents.
Which State Presented the First Paperless Budget?
Uttar Pradesh presented the first paperless budget since Indian independence. It was presented on 22 February 2021 by the Yogi Adityanath-led government. In order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the government avoided distributing a hard copy of the budget and distributed iPads to the members of the assembly. What's more, an app was also launched for easily accessing the budget.