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Goyal given temporary charge of Finance ahead of interim Budget

Goyal given temporary charge of Finance ahead of interim Budget
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NEW DELHI: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the temporary charge of the Finance Ministry just days ahead of the Interim Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the US for treatment.

The Interim Budget will be presented on February 1, after nine days.

"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister; the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Shri Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios," a Rashtrapati Bhavan press release said.

"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he can resume his work as Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs," the release added.

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