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Piyush Goyal to temporarily take additional charge of finance ministry

Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

By and Manoj Kumar

(Reuters) - Piyush Goyal will temporarily take additional charge of the until Jaitley recovers after undergoing a kidney transplant, said in a statement on Monday.

Jaitley, who largely worked from home over the past month, was admitted to the All Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in on Saturday.

"The surgery has been successful. Both the recipient and donor are stable and recovering well," the hospital said in a statement on Monday, adding that Jaitley is stable.

Jaitley could be out of action for about a month following surgery, a official said.

Jaitley, 65, is a prominent member of Narendra Modi's government. In 2014, Jaitley had gastric bypass surgery to keep his diabetes in check.

Last month, he cancelled trips to and due to ill-health.

Goyal will also handle the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which is overseen by Jaitley.

As part of a broader cabinet reshuffle, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also replaced as of information and broadcasting.

The move comes weeks after the broadcasting ministry said would deny government access to journalists who publish fake

The decision, taken when Irani was the minister, was heavily criticised and labelled as an attack on the freedom of the press in the world's largest democracy.

Irani will remain India's minister of textiles.

S.S. Ahluwalia has also been made in charge of the He will be relieved of his duty as of the

(Reporting by Aditi Shah, and David Lalmalsawma; Editing by and Clarence Fernandez)

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:55 IST