Piyush Goyal has been named the interim Finance Minister and interim Minister of Corporate Affairs during Arun Jaitley's indisposition. Goyal is likely to present the interim Budget on February 01.
An official release from the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday said the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, directed that during the period of Jaitley's indisposition, the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Corporate Affairs, held by him, be temporarily assigned to Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.
Further the report stated that the Union Minister Arun Jaitley had left for the US on January 13 for a "regular medical check-up". There have been reports ever since that he may not return to present the interim Budget on February 01.
This is for the second time that Goyal has been given the additional charge of the Finance Ministry, as per media reports.
In May last year, Goyal was given the additional charge of the ministry after Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant surgery, report added.