Arun Jaitley resumes charge as finance minister, thanks Piyush Goyal for 'competently' discharging responsibility

An official statement said on Friday the President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has directed to assign the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs to Arun Jaitley.

Press Trust of India February 15, 2019 22:26:11 IST
Arun Jaitley resumes charge as finance minister, thanks Piyush Goyal for 'competently' discharging responsibility
  • Arun Jaitley returned from the US last week after undergoing medical treatment

  • After resuming charge, he first attended the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting that Narendra Modi had called to discuss the Pulwama terror attack

  • During Jaitley's absence, Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was given charge of the finance ministry on 23 January.

New Delhi: Arun Jaitley on Friday resumed charge as the finance minister after a gap of over a month, which was the second break within a year that he had to take to undergo medical treatment.

The President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has directed to assign the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs to Arun Jaitley, an official statement said on Friday.

Jaitley tweeted on Friday: "Resumed work at the Ministry of Finance today (Friday). Thankful to Piyush Goyal who discharged the responsibility at the MoF diligently and competently."

Arun Jaitley resumes charge as finance minister thanks Piyush Goyal for competently discharging responsibility

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Reuters

Jaitley, 66, who last week returned from the US after undergoing medical treatment, first attended the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called to discuss the terror attack in south Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed around 40 CRPF personnel, and then came to North Block — the seat of the finance ministry.

Jaitley had left for the US on 13 January and returned on 9 February.

During his absence, Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was given charge of the finance ministry on 23 January. Goyal also presented the sixth and final Budget of the NDA government on 1 February.

"Delighted to welcome back Arun Jaitley. Grateful for his continuous guidance and support," Goyal tweeted on Friday.

Even during this absence from the ministry, Jaitley has been active on social media writing Facebook posts and tweeting about current issues.

Jaitley had undergone a kidney transplant surgery on 14 May, 2018, at AIIMS in New Delhi and had not travelled abroad since then. He had stopped attending office at the beginning of April 2018 due to his kidney ailment and was back in North Block on 13 August, 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the ministry for about 100 days.

In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

He was earlier in January named the publicity head of the BJP for the upcoming general elections.

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