Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has left for the US for a medical check-up of his kidney ailment, say media reports.
Jaitley, 66, had undergone a kidney transplant surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on May 14 last year. Since then, he has not travelled abroad.
The reports say he left for the US on Sunday night for the check-up.
Jaitley will present the NDA government’s last Budget on February 1. It happens to be an interim Budget.
The 14 May 2018 surgery was carried out at AIIMS by a team of 20 personnel, including transplant surgeons and transplant anesthesiologists.
The team included former chief of AIIMS renal transplant division Sandeep Guleria, currently working with Apollo Hospital, surgeon V K Bansal, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and AIIMS Director Randip Guleria. Sandeep Guleria is the brother of Randeep Guleria and a family friend of the minister’s.
In his absence then, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was given the additional charge of Finance Ministry.
Source: Media reports