Arun Jaitley undergoing kidney transplant surgery at AIIMS

Big cabinet rejig Piyush Goyal in-charge of finance ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers Smriti Irani removed from I&B

Arun Jaitley undergoing kidney transplant surgery at AIIMS

Smriti Irani will now only handle the Textile Ministry.

The government on Monday announced that Piyush Goyal will be given additional charge for handling the finance ministry. The current Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has now been handed over the additional charge of Finance Ministry. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is working as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, will now see the Ministry of I & B fully. She was earlier removed as the HRD Minister and was replaced by Prakash Javadekar making this the second time that she has been shunted out of a ministry after being embroiled in controversy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Jaitley, hours before he underwent the surgery this morning.

Goyal will also take over the corporate affairs portfolio held by Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney transplant surgery on Monday.

Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation SS Ahluwalia has been relieved of his post and assigned the portfolio of minister of state in the ministry of electronics and information.

To note, Jaitley had been unwell since early April, with kidney-related problems and chest infection. "Alphons Kannanthanam relieved of the charge of MoS in Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology", news agency ANi tweeted.

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