Jaitley takes charge of defence ministry

14 Mar 2017

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley today formally took charge of the defence ministry hours after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take over as the next chief minister of Goa. Jaitley, who has finance portfolio, has been given the additional charge of the defence ministry. Earlier, a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said that President Pranab Mukherjee had accepted the resignation of Manohar Parrikar from the council of ministers with immediate effect. It added: "Arun Jaitley shall be assigned the charge of the ministry of defence, in addition to his existing portfolios."