Arun Jaitley to resume office as India’s finance minister

  • Arun Jaitley will reportedly attend security meeting on Pulwama attack.
  • Jaitley had handed over charge to interim finance minister Piyush Goyal.
Arun Jaitley has resumed office as India’s finance minister three weeks after he temporarily handed over charge to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, according to media reports.

Jaitley had been away on medical treatment to the US. Goyal had served as interim finance minister and presented the recent government budget.

Jaitley will attend a cabinet security meeting today to discuss Thursday’s militant attack in Pulwama, Kashmir, NDTV reported. The suicide-bomber attack killed at least 45 security personnel and injured many others, in what is the deadliest in the valley in two decades.


In the aftermath of the attack on Thursday, Jaitley tweeted a stern warning to the militant outfit saying "terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act."

On Thursday, an explosive-laden van rammed into a bus carrying security personnel from India’s Central Reserve Police Force, which is responsible for day-to-day security and helping the Indian army in the Kashmir valley.

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based militant outfit has claimed it is behind Thursday’s attack. Pakistan has meanwhile denied it had any links to the attack.


Jaitley is also expected to chair a meeting on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Wednesday, Financial Express reported.


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