New Delhi, May 14, 2018

The government on Monday announced that Piyush Goyal will be given additional charge for handling the finance ministry.

Goyal will handle the ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers. Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and is stable after the over four-hour-long surgery, hospital authorities said.

During the period of indisposition of Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, will be temporarily assigned to Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios, a communique from the President's office stated.

Jaitley, 65, who has been mostly working from home since early April, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Jaitley, hours before he underwent the surgery this morning. Government sources said PM Modi was in touch with Jaitley's family and had been getting updates on his health through the day.

Goyal is also in-charge of the railways and coal ministry.

[The Times of India]