Jaitley resumes charge as finance minister

After more than four months of absence from official duties, Affairs Arun Jaitley, today resumed duty as Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs. President Ram Nath Kovind, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has re-assigned the portfolios to Jaitley. He is also leader of the Rajya Sabha.

Jaitley, 65, was confined to his home after underwent a kidney transplant operation on May 14. He had stopped attending office since April to undergo the transplant. Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal had been appointed as the interim finance minister.

Even after remaining absent from office, Jaitley was active on social media where he wrote several blogs on economic and political issues including the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the no-confidence Motion in Parliament, the Rafale fighter jet deal and on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) among others. Remembering former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpeyee alo Jaitley had also penned an emotional ode to him.

The Union Minister was also seen at a few events such as the banking conclave and the first anniversary of GST launch, via video conferencing. On August 9, Jaitley had attended Parliament for the first time since his surgery to vote in the elections for the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha.


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