Union Minister Arun Jaitley has undergone surgery at a hospital in New York on Tuesday, reports PTI quoting sources.
The report said Jaitley has been advised at least two weeks rest by the doctors.
Jaitley, 66, travelled to the US on January 13.
In his absence, Minister of Coal and Railways Piyush Goyal has been named the interim Finance Minister and interim Minister of Corporate Affairs.
In a press communique on Wednesday, President of India’s secretariat said, “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.”
Jaitley has been designated as minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs, the statement said.
Last year in May, Jaitley had undergone a kidney transplant surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Then also, Piyush Goyal was given the additional charge of finance ministry. The 14 May 2018 surgery was carried out at AIIMS by a team of 20 personnel, including transplant surgeons and transplant anesthesiologists.
Jaitley is supposed to present the NDA government’s last Budget on February 1. It happens to be an interim Budget.
Story source: PTI, media reports
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