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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Takes Additional Charge as Defence Minister

March 2017
 

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New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took over additional charge as Defence Minister in New Delhi March 14.

He replaces Manohar Parrikar, who moved to Goa to head the State Government as Chief Minister. Mr Parrikar sworn-in as Goa Chief Minister this evening.

On his arrival at the Ministry of Defence, Mr Jaitley was received by Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and other senior officials.

It may be noted here that with the taking over of the Modi Government at the Centre in May 2014, Mr Jaitley was holding dual charge of Finance Minister and the Defence Minister. Later in November, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take over as the Defence Minister, and he had taken over as the Defence Minister.

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