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.

Arun Jaitley News

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

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.

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”.

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

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.

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.

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.

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." 

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

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.

Arun Jaitley Videos

Senior BJP leaders remember Ananth Kumar as a leader

Union minister Ananth Kumar passed away on Monday morning. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time now. Senior BJP leaders paid their tributes to the leader.

Express Eye for Detail Ep 12: Two years of demonetisation, the Diwali mess and Faizabad renamed as Ayodhya

Two years on, The Indian Express learns that RBI did not approve of demonetisation and more about the week’s top stories in Express Eye for Detail episode 12.

CBI versus CBI: Alok Verma says sending him on leave is "patently wrong"

In a midnight move, the government on Wednesday sent CBI director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave after weeks of infighting rocked the investigating agency.

Express Eye for Detail Ep 5: Political war over Vijay Mallya, Kerala nun rape case and rising fuel prices

Why are the Congress and the BJP fighting over Vijay Mallya? Is the Kerala nun's rape case the biggest blot on the church in India? And what did a Bharat bandh this week really achieve? Arun George answers the big questions of the week.

Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya owes India Rs 9,000-crore: News in numbers

Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who has been in the UK for two years now, is accused of fraud and money laundering worth Rs 9,000 crore. Find more in today's news in numbers.

Mallya claims he met Jaitley and offered to settle debt

Triggering a political firestorm in India, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya said in London Wednesday that he had “met the Finance Minister” before leaving India in 2016 and “repeated my offer to settle with the banks”.

Four years of Modi government: A report card of all the things the finance ministry achieved and where it fell back

What the finance ministry achieved in the past four years under Narendra Modi's leadership. An analysis of the ministry's achievements and what it lacked in our series The Last Lap. 

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