Arun Jaitley takes charge as FM after a three-month break


New Delhi: Arun Jaitley on Thursday resumed charge of the Finance ministry, three months after a successful kidney transplant surgery. Piyush Goyal, who was the caretaker Finance Minister in Jaitley’s absence, will continue as Railways and Coal Minister.

“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 notification issued earlier today said.



Mr Jaitley, 65, stopped attending office in April for a renal transplant operation on May 14. He started work after getting a go-ahead from his doctors, official sources said.

Jaitley had earlier this month attended parliament to participate in the vote for the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

Jaitley had a surgery soon after the BJP-led coalition came to power in 2014. The surgery was to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition, according to the Press Trust of India.

Jaitley has been active on social media, from taking on opposition parties to writing on issues including cuts to the goods and services tax rates.

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