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Arun Jaitley resumes charge of finance ministry after undergoing treatment in US

In His Absence, The Charge Of The Finance Ministry Was Given To Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Who Presented The Sixth And The Last Budget Earlier This Month Before The General Elections.

PTI | Updated on: 15 Feb 2019, 12:25:32 PM
Arun Jaitley left for New York on January 13 after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer.  (File photo)

New Delhi:

Union minister Arun Jaitley, who returned from the US last week after undergoing medical treatment, resumed charge of the finance minister on Friday and also attended a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss the Pulwama attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel on Thursday. In his absence, the charge of the Finance Ministry was given to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who presented the sixth and the last Budget earlier this month before the general elections. General elections are expected during April-May this year.

Jaitley left for New York on January 13 after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer. Subsequently, on January 23, the charge of the Finance Ministry and Corporate Affairs was given to Goyal on a temporary basis. This was his first overseas visit after he underwent renal transplant surgery on May 14, 2018, at AIIMS.

He had stopped attending office at the beginning of April last year due to his kidney ailment and was back in North Block - the seat of Finance Ministry - on August 23, 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the ministry for about 100 days. Jaitley in September 2014 underwent bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

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First Published : 15 Feb 2019, 12:25:21 PM

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