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List of Finance Ministers Who Presented the Most Budgets

Why are we discussing this? Well, a record will be made on 1st February 2023 by current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She will set a record by presenting the sixth budget in a row. It includes five regular budgets and one interim budget. Though the total budget presented by finance ministers is much higher. Let us look at finance ministers who presented the most budgets, other than the current FM.

Morarji Desai

Morarji Desai has also presented six budgets in a row and holds the distinction of presenting the highest number of Union Budgets in independent India's history. He presented ten budgets during his tenure as Finance Minister. He served under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and later under Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Desai's stewardship of the economy was marked by his emphasis on fiscal discipline, liberalization of trade policies, and efforts to promote self-reliance.

Year Date
1959 - 60 28-Feb-59
1960 - 61 29-Feb-60
1961 - 62 28-Feb-61
1962 - 63 (Interim) 14-Mar-62
1962 - 63 23-Apr-62
1963 - 64 28-Feb-63
1967 - 68 (Interim) 20-Mar-67
1967 - 68 25-May-67
1968 - 69 29-Feb-68
1969 - 70 28-Feb-69


P. Chidambaram

The next on the list is a seasoned politician and economist - P Chidambaram. He presented nine Union Budgets during his career as Finance Minister. He was known for his pragmatic approach to economic policymaking, Chidambaram focused on fiscal consolidation, financial sector reforms, and infrastructure development during his tenures in various governments, including those led by Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Year Date
1996 - 97 19-Mar-96
1997 - 98 28-Feb-97
2004 - 05 08-Jul-04
2005 - 06 28-Feb-05
2006 - 07 28-Feb-06
2007 - 08 28-Feb-07
2008 - 09 29-Feb-08
2013 - 14 28-Feb-13
2014 - 15 (Interim) 17-Feb-14


Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee was a towering figure in Indian politics and was also a President of India. He presented eight Union Budgets during his tenure as Finance Minister. Mr Mukherjee was known for his astute political acumen and deep understanding of economic issues. He played a pivotal role in steering the Indian economy through turbulent times, including the global financial crisis of 2008. His budgets focused on promoting inclusive growth, strengthening fiscal management, and attracting foreign investment.

Year Date
1982 - 83 27-Feb-82
1983 - 84 28-Feb-83
1984 - 85 29-Feb-84
2009 - 10 (Interim) 16-Feb-09
2009 - 10 06-Jul-09
2010 - 11 26-Feb-10
2011 - 12 28-Feb-11
2012 - 13 16-Mar-12


Manmohan Singh

Before serving as India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh made significant contributions to the country's economic policymaking as Finance Minister, presenting five Union Budgets during his tenure. Widely regarded as the architect of India's economic liberalization in the early 1990s, Singh's budgets laid the foundation for transformative reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy, promoting privatization, and attracting foreign investment.

Year Date
1991 - 92 24-Jul-91
1992 - 93 29-Feb-92
1993 - 94 27-Feb-93
1994 - 95 28-Feb-94
1995 - 96 15-Mar-95


Yashwant Sinha

He was a veteran politician and presented five Union Budgets during his tenure. Mr Sinha was known for his firm resolve and pragmatic approach to economic policymaking. His budgets focused on fiscal consolidation, tax reforms, and infrastructure development. His tenure witnessed significant economic reforms, including the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and measures to boost investor confidence.

Year Date
1998 - 99 01-Jun-98
1999 - 20 27-Feb-99
2000 - 01 29-Feb-00
2001 - 02 28-Feb-01
2002 - 03 28-Feb-02


Before you go

All these finance ministers have left a strong imprint on our economic landscape, steering the economy through periods of growth, transformation, and challenges. Their leadership, vision, and policy initiatives have played a pivotal role in shaping India's fiscal policies, promoting economic development, and enhancing India's stature on the global stage.