Arun Jaitley, one of the most prominent faces in the Narendra Modi cabinet, took the additional charge of the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday. Jaitley, who also holds the Finance portfolio, was welcomed at the South Block by Defence Secretary.
After finishing the joining formalities, he told the reporters that holding Defence is a temporary assignment that could be with him for the next few weeks. He expressed concern over the MiG-21 (Bis) crash that killed a pilot on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, before Jaitley assuming office as the MoD boss, a MiG-21 (Bis) fighter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Awantipur Airbase killing the pilot Sqn Ldr Raghu Bansi. (See Tarmak007 FB report.) R.I.P. Sqn Ldr Raghu Bansi.