Though the customary secrecy has enveloped parts of the North Block, this year is the first when secretaries in the Finance Ministry have taken to YouTube to communicate the direction of the Union Budget 2016-17.

Making use of its own YouTube channel, the ministry also showcased the importance of budget and traditions like Finance Minister carrying his Budget in a leather briefcase.

Usually teeming with journalists, the wing of North Block is strictly off limits to them and general public since beginning January.

With special X-ray scan, everything that goes in or out of North Block is being monitored. Also powerful mobile phone jammers block calls to prevent leakage of any information.

Internet connections in the offices of senior officers and staff involved in the process are shutdown and the Budget wing of North Block is no less than a war room.

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