Meet the Union Finance Minister - Shri Arun Jaitley

Sh. Arun Jaitley
Party Bharatiya Janata Party
Father's Name Maharaj Kishen Jaitley
Mother's Name Shrimati Ratan Prabha Jaitley
Date of Birth 28 December 1952
Place of Birth New Delhi
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 24 May 1982
Spouse's Name Shrimati Sangeeta Jaitley
Children One son and one daughter
Educational Qualifications B.Com. (Hons.), LL.B. Educated at Sri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Profession Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Permanent Address 42/B, Bansidhar Society, Jawahar Nagar, Vasna,Paldi, Ahmedabad -380007
Present Address A-44, Kailash Colony, New Delhi. Tel. - 29248212, 29244587, 29237483, Fax: 29232358
(ii) 9, Ashoka Road, New Delhi

Position Held

1989-90 Additional Solicitor General, Government of India
1991 onwards Member, National Executive, Bharatiya Janata Party
13 Oct. 1999-30 Sept. 2000 Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
10 Dec. 1999-July 2000 Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Department of Disinvestment (Additional Charge)
April 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha
23 July 2000 - 6 Nov. 2000 Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs
7 Nov. 2000 - 1 July 2002, Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs
20 March 2001 - 1 Sept. 2001 Minister of Shipping (Additional Charge)
1 July 2002-Jan. 2003 General Secretary and Spokesperson, B.J.P.
29 July 2002-29 Jan. 2003 and March 2005-March 2010 Member, Court of the University of Delhi
1-29 Jan. 2003 Member, Committee on Home Affairs Member, Committee on External Affairs
29 Jan. 2003-21 May 2004 Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of Commerce and Industry
July 2004 onwards General Secretary, B.J.P.
Aug. 2004-May 2009 and Aug. 2009 - April 2012 Member, Committee on Commerce
Oct. 2004-May 2009 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs
Jan. 2006-July 2010 Member, Indian Council of World Affairs
April 2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (second term)
Aug. 2006-Dec. 2008 Member, Joint Committee to examine the constitutional and legal position relating to Office of Profit
Aug. 2006-Dec. 2009 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit
3 June 2009-2 April 2012 and 3 April 2012 onwards Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Aug. 2009 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Installation of Portraits/Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex
Dec. 2009 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House
April 2012 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (third term)
June-Nov. 2012 Member, Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011
26th May 2014 onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Finance


Reading and writing on legal and current affairs; connected with educational institutions; Chairperson, Governing Body of Kamla Nehru College, Delhi, 1993-98; Member, (i) Governing Body of Sri Ram College of Commerce and (ii)Governing Council, National Law University, Delhi


President, Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA); Vice President, Board of Control for Cricket in India (B.C.C.I.); Member, Governing Council, Indian Premier League (I.P.L.)


U.S.S.R., as part of Youth Exchange delegation, 1978; Switzerland and Sweden, as Additional Solicitor General, 1990; U.S.A., as part of Indian delegation to the U.N.G.A., 1998; Syria in connection with an International Treaty, 2000; also represented India during visits to U.S.A., Pakistan, U.K., France, Denmark, U.A.E., the Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Germany, South Africa and Hungary; led Indian delegation to the WTO Conference held during 10-14 September 2003 in Cancun, Mexico; visited several countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia


Recipient of several distinctions for outstanding performance both in academics and extra-curricular activities during student days; President, Delhi University Students Union, 1974; prominent leader of a movement against corruption launched in 1973 by late Shri Jai Prakash Narain; was Convenor, National Committee for Students and Youth Organisation appointed by late Shri Jai Prakash Narain; detained for 19 months under M.I.S.A. during Internal Emergency (1975-77) when civil liberties were suspended; practising law before the Supreme Court and several High Courts in the country since 1977; designated Senior Advocate in 1989; was member of the Indian delegation to the United Nations' General Assembly Session in June 1998, where the Declaration on Laws relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved; has delivered lectures on many important subjects including IT Convergence, the Broadcasting Laws of India, Disinvestment and on the Review of the Functioning of the Indian Constitution; Why India Matters at London, Vibrant Gujarat - Global Investors' Summit, 2003 Keynote Address at FICCI-UNCTAD Joint Seminar on Reflections on Post-Cancun Agenda; has also been appointed as Representative of the Central Government to hold discussions with the nominees of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and other groups on the issue of devolution of powers in the State, July 2002; associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party in different capacities; General Secretary, B.J.P., July 2004-June 2009

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