|Published: March 2017|
New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who holds the additional charge of Defence Minister, was elected President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) March 22.
Although funded by the Ministry of Defence, IDSA is an autonomous think tank and governed by an Executive Council headed by the Defence Minister. A Cabinet reshuffle is expected shortly, and indications are that Mr Jaitley will continue to hold the sensitive Defence portfolio.
Mr Jaitley was the first Defence Minister after Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed his government in 2014. If he stays, he will apparently be back on his home turf.