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Goyal gets temporary charge of finmin, may present Budget Arun Jaitley Will Remain Minister Without Portfo

January 24, 2019 06:01 AM


Goyal gets temporary charge of finmin, may present Budget
Arun Jaitley Will Remain Minister Without Portfolio

New Delhi:

In a clear indication that finance minister Arun Jaitley, on medical leave in the US, will not present the Modi government’s last Budget on February 1, railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal was given temporary charge of the ministry on Wednesday. Jaitley will remain a minister without portfolio during his indisposition, a government statement said on Wednesday. He left for the US a week ago for a medical check-up.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Shri Arun Jaitley, minister; the portfolios of minister of finance and minister of corporate affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Shri Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios,” a statement from the President’s office said late on Wednesday.

Goyal had previously held the finance portfolio when Jaitley was recovering from a medical procedure for a kidney transplant.

It also said that, as advised by the PM, Jaitley will be designated minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as minister for finance and minister for corporate affairs. The Modi government is expected to unveil plans to tackle farm distress as well as sops for the middle class and the small and medium enterprises in the interim budget, which could go beyond a mere vote on account.

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