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Finance Ministry Shut Until Further Notice: Rahul Roasts Modi Govt

Congress president cites NewsCentral report to question Centre on how a key ministry has been allowed to go headless.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has cited a NewsCentral report on the finance ministry turning headless in the absence of an indisposed finance minister and an on-holiday finance secretary to suggest that the crucial ministry was “shut until further notice”.    

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has not attended office for a month as he awaits a kidney transplant and Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has taken leave for 15 days to go for a yoga/meditation holiday with his guru Swami Visharadanand Saraswathy to Mysuru. 

Gandhi’s note on Twitter — addressed to the “FM” and signed off by the “Prime Minister” — said it had been decided that the ministry would be shut until further notice.

“Dear FM, as you are indisposed and Finance Secretary is on vacation with his Guru on a quest for inner peace, I have decided to shut the Finance Ministry till further notice,” Rahul tweeted, adding “The PMO will take all financial policy decisions as before. —Prime Minister.” 

With the absence of Jaitley, who has been indispensable to a very centralised Modi government, and  Adhia, a Gujarat cadre IAS official who has worked for long periods with Modi when he was Gujarat CM, going on a holiday, it is likely, as Rahul suggested, that the Prime Minister’s Office may be in charge of the ministry. 

It’s another matter that the PM himself is busy campaigning in Karnataka leaving all important governance matters at rest until the assembly elections get over in the State on May 12

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