Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley is the current Finance Minister, Minister of Corporate Affairs in the government of India and a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Born in Delhi in December 1952, Jaitley completed his schooling from St. Xaviers, Delhi and went on to pursue further education in Sri Ram College of Commerce, before completing his law degree from Delhi University. Prior to joining politics he was a practicing lawyer and had worked on the Bofors scandal. Jaitley's initiation in politics took place in 1991 when became member of the national executive of the BJP and he later became the party's spokesperson in 1999. He later took over as the Minister of State, Department of Information and Broadcasting and also Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs. He became member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 2000 from Gujarat. Before taking on the finance ministerial post, Jaitley was also the vice president of the BCCI from north zone. He had briefly served as Minister of Defence in the current government as well.
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Arun Jaitley opposes AAP leader’s appeal in High Court in defamation case

Union Minister Arun Jaitley today opposed in Delhi High Court the plea of AAP leader Deepak Bajpai challenging the lower court’s order summoning him in a criminal defamation case, saying it was a “sorry attempt” to delay the trial. Jaitley, in an affidavit, said the AAP leader’s plea was devoid of any merit as no […]

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PM Modi’s meeting with Arun Jaitley, FinMin officials postponed

Two years ago, India was touted as a rare bright spot in a gloomy global economy with GDP growth outpacing a slowing China. But since early 2016, GDP growth has fallen for six consecutive quarters, dipping to three-year low of 5.7 per cent in the April-June quarter.

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Digital payment bound to pick up with new technology, says Arun Jaitley

“Obviously in the month of November, December and January, a lot of people went in for digitisation in terms of mode of payment more out of compulsion rather than finding it a more convenient method to transact, but that compulsion created a habit for many,” he noted.

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Manmohan Singh says demonetisation adversely affected GDP growth; Arun Jaitley lists out achievement

With informal and small-scale sectors accounting about 40 per cent of the USD 2.5 trillion economy, Manmohan Singh said that the decision of demonetisation, coupled with GST, had an adverse impact on the economy.

PM Modi to meet Arun Jaitley, officials to review economic situation on Tuesday

The teething troubles with the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), after-effects of demonetisation and the fiscal space available is likely to figure during the meeting.

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Digital payment bound to pick up with new technology, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Built on the government-supported Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Tez allows users, free of charge, to make small or big payments straight from their bank accounts, Google said.

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Discuss ways to merge at board level: govt to banks

The rising bad loans have underlined a growing need for huge capital infusion. The government had indicated earlier that it would provide Rs 70,000 crore as capital for these banks over four years.

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Aadhaar law will clear Constitution test, need to secure data: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the Aadhaar law will “pass the test of constitutionality” and that it is important to build “ironwalls” to protect people’s data.

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Aadhaar will stand test of constitutionality: Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley said the UPA government had not realised the full potential of Aadhaar when it was introduced. While describing it as a great idea in terms of technology, he said it was not backed by legislation.

Delhi Confidential: Ruling On Consensus

Given the fact that the GST Council has so far worked on the convention of consensus, the two Congress-ruled state representatives’ stance has left many wondering whether the Opposition party parachuted them to Delhi with partisan motives.

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Arun Jaitley to initiate Budget exercise next week

It would also be the last full Budget of the BJP-led NDA government before the 2019 General Elections. Only proposals for changes in direct taxes, besides customs duty are likely to be presented in the Budget along with new schemes and programmes of the government.

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21st GST Council Meet: GSTN glitches, revenue worry at meeting of GST Council

The Council decided to levy an additional cess of 2 per cent on mid-sized cars, 5 per cent on large cars, and 7 per cent on SUVs, along with lowering tax rates on 40 items, including idli/dosa batter etc.

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Arvind Kejriwal denies instructing counsel to say defamatory words to Arun Jaitley

Kejriwal was refuting the claim of Jaitley that he had received a copy of a forwarded letter by Jethmalani addressed to AAP chief stating that whatever he had asked him during the cross-examination was based on the instruction of the chief minister.

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Defamation case by Arun Jaitley: Delhi HC fines Arvind Kejriwal for delay in response

Arun Jaitley had filed a civil defamation case against the Delhi Chief Minister objecting to the use of a derogatory word by Kejriwal’s lawyer, Ram Jethmalani in court.

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Cabinet reshuffle done on basis of performance analysis: Arun Jaitley

Jaitley’s comments came after four ministers were elevated to the cabinet rank in a major rejig of the government. His defense portfolio has been allocated to Nirmala Sitharaman.