Arun Jaitley back as Finance Minister

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind today re-appointed Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister, after he recovered from a kidney ailment.

“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,” a notification said.

Jaitley will resume charge of both finance and corporate affairs portfolios today at the North Block office.

He underwent a renal transplant on 14 May and on the same day, his ministerial charges were given to Piyush Goyal on an interim basis.
Since his surgery, he has been staying in a controlled environment as per the doctors advice.

He, however, attended the Rajya Sabha for the election of Deputy Chairman on 9 August. This was his first public appearance since 14 May. He has been leader of Rajya Sabha since 2000.