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Arun Jaitley resumes charge as finance minister

New Delhi: Arun Jaitley Friday resumed charge as the finance minister after a gap of over a month, which was the second break within a year that he had to take to undergo medical treatment.

The President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has directed to assign the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs to Arun Jaitley, an official statement said on Friday.

Jaitley tweeted on Friday: "Resumed work at the Ministry of Finance today (Friday). Thankful to Shri Piyush Goyal who discharged the responsibility at the MoF diligently & competently."

Jaitley, 66, who last week returned from the US after undergoing medical treatment, first attended the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called to discuss the terror attack in south Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed around 40 CRPF personnel, and then came to North Block - the seat of the finance ministry.

Sources said he underwent a surgery in the US on January 22 for a reported soft tissue cancer in his left leg. He returned to India on February 9 after undergoing skin grafting.

Jaitley, they said, is recovering well but needs a stick for support to stand or sit down and walks with a slight limp.

After attending the CCS meeting at the prime minister's residence, he drove to North Block after the noon sitting in the front seat of Mercedes sedan, instead of his usual Tata Safari SUV.

Jaitley had left for the US on January 13 and returned on February 9.

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