Arun Jaitley back as Finance Minister: President Ram Nath Kovind directs

Aug 23 2018 11:02 AM
Arun Jaitley back as Finance Minister: President Ram Nath Kovind directs

 

New Delhi [India], Aug 23 (NT): President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday directed to assign the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs again to BJP veteran leader Arun Jaitley.

"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 Shri Arun Jaitley," read a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Worth mention here since past few months, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was looking after the Finance Ministry on an interim basis as Arun Jaitley was recovering after undergoing a kidney transplant surgery.

Piyush Goyal was handed over the additional charge of Finance Ministry after Arun Jaitley underwent the procedure at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on May 14.

On a related note as interim finance minister, Goyal had chaired two meetings of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.

In April, Arun Jaitley had stated that he was being treated for kidney-related problems and was working from a "controlled environment" at home.

"I am being treated for kidney-related problems and certain infections that I have contracted. I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me," he asserted on a micro blogging website twitter. (NT)

 

 

 

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