Arun Jaitley set to resume work as finance minister in August

Union minister Arun Jaitley is all set to be back to his previous office; he will be resuming his position as the Finance Minister of India.

Sources close to the development said that Arun Jaitley will now be returning to North Block office in the second half of August. This development has come after a long period of three months, the period for which FM was on a hiatus.

Jaitley underwent a renal transplant in mid-May, after which the doctors asked him to move to an infection-free area. It was therefore that his corner office in North Block was given an overhaul. It was renovated and sanitized to avoid any infection. The hiatus was based on the prescription of the doctor who had instructed him for a quarantine period which will end in mid-August.

The hiatus had stemmed a lot of questions from Jaitley. However, it is known that the minister was holding video conferences. He had assigned his duties to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for the time being.

Recently, Mr Jaitley accused Rahul Gandhi on social media for taking a foul position with regard to the National Register of Citizens in Assam. He posted: “It (Congress) is now compromising the sovereignty of India. Leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee must realise that India’s sovereignty is not a play thing.

“Sovereignty and citizenship are the soul of India. Imported vote banks are not.”

Here’s an excerpt from the notes which Arun Jaitley had presented to the world when India muscled up against France to become the fifth largest economy. It read: India’s growth story at a fast pace is likely to continue as per assessment of all credible agencies. Obviously, a high trajectory growth leads to a higher revenue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shaken the traditional thinking process and ensured that rural India and the less privileged get the first right of resources. If this and increased expenditure continues for the next decade, the impact on India’s rural poor would be very significant. This benefits all – irrespective of religion, caste or community. The Congress provided India’s poor with slogan. Prime Minister Modi has given them resources. This will ensure faster growth and lead to a faster depletion in the poverty.



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