Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to be Finance Minister till Arun Jaitley recovers

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to be Finance Minister till Arun Jaitley recovers

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to be Finance Minister till Arun Jaitley recovers

Also Piyush Goyal, has been additional charge of Finance Ministry till the time Arun Jaitley is recuperating from a kidney ailment.

Goyal will hold the portfolio in addition to his charge of the Railways.

Another important change is that Smriti Irani has been relieved from the information and broadcasting ministry, with minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Rajyavardhan Rathore taking over. With it, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also elevated to the post of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Monday morning. Irani's tenure as I&B Minister has been a controversial one.

The move comes weeks after the broadcasting ministry said India would deny government access to journalists who publish fake news. He replaces Alphons Kannanthanam, who will retain charge of tourism ministry.

Her ministry was at the centre of a controversy over around 50 recipients of the National Film Awards skipping the award ceremony earlier this month.

Irani's remit has now shrunk to the textiles ministry in what is being seen as a second setback for the young politician who had earlier lost the crucial HRD ministry. Irani was involved in yet another row, when her ministry chose to withhold the salaries of the Prasar Bharti staff after a confrontation with the autonomous Prasar Bharti board chief Surya Prakash, who had allegedly questioned some of Irani's decisions. The rule - which suggested withdrawal of accreditation - was cancelled by PM Modi after it was widely attacked as an attempt to curb the freedom of the press in an election year.

Goyal, a qualified lawyer and chartered accountant, was elevated to full cabinet rank in the reshuffle in September 2017 and given charge of the key railways ministry. He will be relieved of his duty as junior minister of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.