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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Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia to retire on Nov 30; Arun Jaitley praises his contribution

In a Facebook post titled ‘Dr. Hasmukh Adhia retires’, Jaitley said, “He was unquestionably a highly competent, disciplined, no-nonsense civil servant and of course, with impeccable integrity.”

Day after Andhra, Bengal bar CBI, Jaitley says states don't have sovereignty in matters of corruption

Day after Andhra, Bengal bar CBI, Jaitley says states don’t have sovereignty in matters of corruption

Jaitley said that the move in the case of Andhra Pradesh was motivated by the fear of what is likely to happen than by any particular case.

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If declared now, Emergency will fail because of technology: Arun Jaitley

The worst, he added, that can happen to free speech is “if a doubt in a mind of a reader or a viewer is created with regards to the integrity of the news or the opinion”.

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Arun Jaitley calls for quality debates on economic policies

The remarks come two days ahead of the crucial central board meeting of the RBI, amid a public spat between central
bank and government on certain policies.

RBI data counters RBI claim: Credit to small firms shrinks

RBI data counters RBI claim: Credit to small firms shrinks

On October 30, at the meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council chaired by Jaitley and attended by Urjit Patel among others, the central bank is learnt to have downplayed the issue of liquidity crunch.

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Strong banks needed to boost credit, liquidity, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley said there is a need to bring down non-performing assets (NPAs) in the banking system in order to strengthen the banking system and support growth.

Govt responds: No proposal to ask RBI to transfer 3.6 lakh crore

With due respect, Finance Minister

There has been only a marginal increase in the direct tax to GDP ratio after demonetisation. And the economy didn’t need to suffer for digitisation.

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Arun Jaitley responds to Raghuram Rajan’s criticism of GST

Countering the criticism over the implementation of the tax reform, Arun Jaitley said, “GST slowed down growth for two quarters, but people overlook how growth rose after that.” 

In talks with RBI to fix economic capital framework: Government

No proposal to RBI seeking transfer of Rs 3.6 lakh crore, says govt

Subhash Chandra Garg said there was “misinformed speculation” in the media, and that the government’s fiscal math was “completely on track”.

Currency confiscation was not objective of demonetisation: Arun Jaitley

Currency confiscation was not objective of demonetisation: Arun Jaitley

Jaitley termed the criticism of almost the entire cash getting deposited in banks post-demonetisation as “ill-informed”, adding that 17.42 lakh suspected accounts have come under the scanner.

Restrictions on banks: RBI and govt work to narrow their gap

Two years after demonetisation: Okaying note ban, RBI rejected govt claim on black money, fake notes

In its counter, the RBI Board noted that “while any incidence of counterfeiting is a concern, Rs 400 crore as a percentage of the total quantum of currency in circulation in the country is not very significant”.

War of words on Demonetisation: Jaitley says raised tax base, Rahul Gandhi claims it brought 'economy to grinding halt'

Two years after demonetisation: Jaitley says tax base widened, Rahul Gandhi calls it ‘criminal financial scam’

While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi castigated the Narendra Modi-led BJP government stating that the note ban exercise cost 1.5 million jobs and 1 per cent of India’s GDP, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley staunchly defended the move saying there was a spike in the number of taxpayers.

Chidambaram: Nov 19 day of reckoning, any attempt by govt to capture RBI will be catastrophic

Calling November 19, when the RBI board is scheduled to meet, as the day of reckoning, the former finance minister alleged that “handpicked nominees” of the government would make every attempt to push through its proposals.

Day after Andhra, Bengal bar CBI, Jaitley says states don't have sovereignty in matters of corruption

Two years after demonetisation, Arun Jaitley says ‘the system required to be shaken’

Demonetisation anniversary: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said demonetisation has ushered in a better quality of life for Indian citizens.

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Two years after demonetisation: A look at what has happened so far

Two years after demonetisation came into effect on November 8, 2016, the BJP-led government continues to defend the move meant to “wipe out illegal money” while the Opposition terms the step as “ill-advised” and “Tughlaqi”.