File photo: Piyush Goyal. Photograph:( ANI )
Goyal will temporarily hold the additional portfolios. He is likely to present the last budget of the current PM Narendra Modi-led government.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given additional charge of Ministries of Finance and Corporate Affairs, the portfolios held by Arun Jaitley.
According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique, the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, directed that during the period of Jaitley's indisposition, the portfolios of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Corporate Affairs, held by him, be temporarily assigned to Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.
Goyal will retain his existing portfolios of coal and railways.
Goyal, Minister of Railways, will have these portfolios in addition to his existing ones, it added.
Jaitley will be designated as ‘Minister without portfolio’ during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs, the statement said.
Arun Jaitley is currently in the US.
(With inputs from agencies)