The former finance minister (FM) and a stalwart senior leader of the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed away on August 24. BJP veteran leader Arun
Jaitley Ji, 66, who died in All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at
12.07 pm. He was admitted there on August 9. Medically, He was unwell for a
large part of the last two years. In 2018, Arun Jaitley underwent a kidney
transplant surgery, following which he was put under isolation. Four years
earlier, in 2014, former FM underwent a bariatric surgery to address the excess
weight he had gained due to diabetes.
As per the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on August 24 condoled the death of
former Finance and Defence Minister late Shri Arun Jaitley Ji describing it as a
personal loss for him and recalled his significant contribution during Narendra
Modi's first term (2014-19) in making India the world's fastest growing economy.
Recalling his experience of working with former finance minister, Amit Shah
mentioned, "It was a pleasant experience for everyone to meet Jaitley Ji with a
jovial personality and hold discussions with him. Today his departure has
brought such a vacancy in the country's politics and the BJP, which is not
possible to be replenished soon."
Further, The Union Minister said with his unique experience and rare ability, "Arunji
served various responsibilities in organization and government. An ardent
speaker and dedicated activist, Arun ji held important positions like the
country''s Finance Minister, Defence Minister and Leader of Opposition in the
Rajya Sabha." He made an indelible mark as the Finance Minister of the country
during the Modi government's 2014-19 tenure and brought on ground Modiji's poor
welfare vision and propelled India as the world's fastest growing economy, Union
Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah Asserted.
Significantly, "Be it the matter of taking action on black money, the matter of
realizing the dream of ''GST'', the matter of demonetisation or the relief of
the common man, in every decision of his, the welfare of the country and the
people of the country was visible. The country will always remember him for his
very simple and sensitive personality,". "I pray to God to grant peace to the
departed soul and give the bereaved family the power to bear this disconnection.
Om shanti shanti shanti," he added.
As finance minister, he presented all of the Narendra Modi government 1.0's
budgets. Although, due to his ill health, he was unable to present the 2019
Interim Budget, which was instead presented by his colleague Piyush Goyal. As
per the report, During the Narendra Modi government's first term in office, He
was seen as the prime minister's 'go-to' man. Greatly, He was the one to take on
the responsibilities of temporarily handling ministries other than his primary
portfolio of finance.
As per the Former Finance Minister noted that, A fundamental question has always
been asked as to what would one choose between good economics and clever
politics. The choice is unfair because any Government needs both in order to
survive and perform. The Prime Minister’s first tenure witnessed this blending
of good economics and good politics. The change, which was facilitated by the
Jan Dhan Accounts and the AADHAAR, laid the foundation for Direct Benefit
Transfer to those who needed State support. Subsidies were no longer an unknown
amount of money being distributed to an unidentifiable class of people.
Subsidies in the form of transfer of facilities to the poor is an example of the
blending of good economics and good politics.
Crediting a "decisive" Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the evolution of the
Aadhaar as a "game changer", Unique Identity Number (UID) has helped the
government save around Rs 90,000 crore in the last few years by eliminating
several duplicate and fake beneficiaries. "The government estimates that Rs
90,000 crore have been saved in the last few years till March 2018 by the use of
Aadhaar". Hence, Several duplicate beneficiaries, non-existent beneficiaries and
fake beneficiaries have been eliminated.
Particularly, The villages get roads, the poor get houses, and every household
got a toilet, a gas connection and an electricity connection. Fifty crore people
got hospital treatment upto Rs.5 lakh per year. Their lives became liveable with
at least these basics. To carry this path forward, completion of the rural
housing being constructed and delivered to the poor, and the conclusion of the
remaining part of the gas connection programme, the Budget 2.0 takes upon itself
the task of concentrating, in the next five years, on a ‘tap for every home’.
For this, it is necessary to clean up our rivers and have an adequate water
management. The last five years had seen a lot of emphasis on infrastructure.
The First Woman Finance Minister Nirmala sitharaman has rightly given top
priority to infrastructure and this priority is self-evident in the fact that
the rural roads programme connecting every village with a motorable road is
nearing completion. The National Highways are moving at a pace faster than ever
before. Adequate amount of allocations have been made in the Budget for this.
The Budget 2019-20 On July 6 read.
Following the same, Modernisation of our cities with all-weather roads, an
effective metro system, better urban roads are being given an impetus. The
Government is committed to providing housing to the weaker sections in both
rural and urban areas. A major tax incentive has been given to those who borrow
to buy affordable houses. This move will not merely help the system to utilise
the unsold stock of affordable houses but will also be instrumental in injecting
liquidity into the real estate market.
The direction of such reforms in the banking and financial sector has been
maintained. Consolidation of public sector banks is being undertaken so as to
have fewer but mega and financially strong banks. A sizeable allocation has been
made for recapitalisation of banks so that their capacity to lend for growth
improves. Further, The Budget also contains concrete proposals about support to
the NBFCs whose liquidity, was under strain and had reduced the purchasing power
of consumer. Although, The sectors most affected by this were real estate,
automobiles and the MSMEs.
While Examining the Two Years of GST, Stalwart leader & Ex-FM 'Arun Jaitley'
believed that, the monumental restructuring of one of the world’s clumsiest
indirect tax system was not an easy task. The challenges to implement the GST
were compounded by some outlandish and exaggerated comments of the not so
well-informed. It would, therefore, be only fair to look back the last two years
and analyse the implementation and the impact/consequences of the GST.
After two years, one can confidently argue, without fear of contradiction that
GST proved to be both consumer and assessee friendly. The high taxation of pre
GST era pinched the consumers pocket and acted as a disincentive against tax
compliance. The last two years have seen each of the meetings of the GST Council
reducing the tax burden on consumers as the tax collections improved. An
efficient tax system certainly leads to better compliance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's condelence message for Arun Jaitley's family
Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary.
He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His
passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son
Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti. As per the PM twitted. With the
demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, the PM said, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have
had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced
understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all
with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!
The PM added that, BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery
student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the
Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the
Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society. During his long
political career, He held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled
him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence
capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other
Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun
Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was
multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history,
public policy, governance and administration, In a series of statement, The PM
Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh condelence message for Arun
Deeply anguished by the demise of my friend and an extremely valued colleague
Shri Arun Jaitley ji. He was a proficient lawyer by profession and an efficient
politician by passion. He served the nation in several capacities and he was an
asset to the government and the party organisation.
He always had a deep and clear understanding of the issues of the day. His
knowledge and articulation won him several friends. Jaitley ji will always be
remembered for pulling the economy out of the gloom and putting it back on the
right track. The BJP will miss Arunji’s presence. I extend my heartfelt
condolences to his bereaved family. The Union Minister asserted.
Advani's condelence message for Arun Jaitley's family
"I am deeply saddened to condole the passing away of yet another close colleague
Shri Arun Jaitley ji. Besides being a big luminary in the legal arena, Arunji
was an outstanding parliamentarian and a great administrator. A dedicated party
worker for decades, he was someone who was inducted into the BJP core team when
I was Party President and he soon rose to become one of the most prominent
leaders of the party.
Arunji was known and respected for his sharp, analytical mind and everyone in
the BJP always depended on him for finding solutions to complex issues. He was
also someone who valued and nurtured his friendship with people across the
political spectrum. As a person, Arunji will be remembered as a soft-spoken,
erudite and warm hearted person. A food lover, he never failed to recommend good
restuarants to me. Also on every Deepawali, he made it a point to come with his
family to our home to wish us.
Although Arunji was hospitalised for the last couple of weeks, we were all
hoping that he would recover soon. His passing away is a huge loss not only to
the BJP and the entire Parivar, but also to the nation. To me, it is a personal
loss that has left a huge void. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt
condolences to Sangeeta ji, Sonali, Rohan and all members of his family," BJP
veteran Lal Krishna Advani's condelence message for Arun Jaitley's family..
Moreover, Delhi Chief Minister said, Untimely demise of former FM and senior
leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation. A legal luminary and an
experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by
the country. Thoughts and prayers with his family in this moment of grief. RIP,
Delhi CM Mr Arvind Kejriwal Twitted.
Top Congress leaders on August 24 condoled the demise of former finance minister
Arun Jaitley, with party chief Sonia Gandhi saying his contributions to public
life will be remembered forever. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in a
condolence message, described him as an eminent lawyer, an excellent orator, a
very good administrator and an outstanding parliamentarian.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, "I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun
Jaitley's passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in
peace." While Sonia Gandhi expressed deep pain and distress at the passing away
of Jaitley. She argued that, Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure,
parliamentarian and minister and his contributions to public life will forever
be remembered. Former president Pranab Mukherjee stated that, he had visited him
a day back and had prayed for his speedy recovery. "He was a leader with deep
intellect and knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed. My
prayers with his family, friends and admirers," he said.
As per the Congress party said, "We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of
Shri Arun Jaitley. Our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are
with them in this time of grief." In his condolence message to Jaitley's wife
Sangeeta, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said, "In his death our country
has lost a great leader who always worked for the betterment of society." The
Congress party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Saddened to know
about the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. My deepest condolences to his family. An
astute parliamentarian, he''ll always be remembered. May his soul Rest in
Peace." Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said in Jaitley the nation has a lost
an articulate leader and an excellent human being.
Noted lawyer and former union minister Kapil Sibal said he has lost an old
friend and a dear colleague. "Very sorry to learn that Arun Jaitley is no more.
An old friend and a dear colleague will be remembered for his seminal
contributions to the polity and as FM of India. As Leader of Opposition he was
without match. He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party,"
he said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "Deeply saddened to know of
untimely demise of former Union minister and senior BJP leader, Sh Arun Jaitley.
My heartfelt condolences to his family members. May God give them strength. May
his soul rest in peace." Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also said Jaitley's
death is a great loss for the country.
For a New India as developed nation and for Modi's Transformative action Plans,
This is a really very sad & a great loss.. "A great lawyer by profession, who
served on the Atal Bihari Vajapyee cabinet. Between 2009 & 2019. When the ruling
party sat in the opposition benches, he played a key role to decode the
oppositions by using his intellectual power and property rights.. Jaitley's role
as the main troubleshooter for the Narendra Modi Cabinet, As per he implemented
many transformative policies such as GST, IBC, Bank Consolidation, Macro
Stabilisation, and FDI Liberalization etc.. May the god comfort his family"!
#RIP: Added, Youth Darpan CEO, Mr Trilok Singh. Thus, Following the above, ‘Arun
Jaitley’ made India world's fastest growing economy by introducing many
transformative policies and economic reforms.
(Author is with CEO of Youth Darpan Media, IASmind.com, and India's Journal.
Masters in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. Currently
Studies Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism at International School of
Media and Entertainment Studies (ISOMES), News 24).