Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was today Monday March 13,2017 given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on the new role of Goa Chief Minister on Sunday March 12,2017
A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said that the resignation of Parrikar as the Defence Minister, on advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been accepted with immediate effect. “Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Arun Jaitely, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios,” the communique said.
This is the second time that Arun Jaitley is holding the additional portfolio of Defence Ministry during the present NDA government. He was incharge of the ministry earlier from May 26 to November 09 in 2014