resumed office as the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs on
Saturday after a hiatus of over three months. President Ram Nath Kovind, acting
on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
assigned the portfolios to Jaitley.
Jaitley, 65, underwent a kidney
transplant operation on May 14. He had stopped attending office early April to
undergo the transplant. Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal had been
appointed as the interim finance minister.
Even after remaining absent from office,
Jaitley was active on social media where he wrote several blogs on
economic and political issues including the National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the
no-confidence Motion in Parliament, the Rafale fighter jet deal and on the
Goods and Services Tax (GST) among others. Remembering former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,
Jaitley had also penned an emotional ode to him.
The Union Minister was also seen at a few events
such as the banking conclave and the first anniversary of GST launch, via video
conferencing. On August 9, Jaitley had attended Parliament for the first time
since his surgery to vote in the elections for the deputy chairman of Rajya
Sabha. Arun Jaitley has been the Finance Minister since the Modi
government assumed office in May 2014, He is also the leader of the house in
the Rajya Sabha.