The change facilitated by the Jan Dhan accounts and Aadhaar laid the foundation for Direct Benefit Transfer to those who needed state support, said Jaitley.
India's economic growth slowed to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the January-March quarter. For the full 2018-19 fiscal as well, the growth rate was at its lowest in five years at 6.8 per cent.
Jaitley reiterates stand on GST, says it restructured one of the world's clumsiest indirect tax systems
The fear of the states today is that for the first five years they get a guaranteed 14 per cent increase, he said.
The government had appointed E&Y as a consultant to see through the completion of the merger process.
Jaitley, in his letter to Modi said that he wants to keep away from any responsibility for "sometime" to concentrate on treatment.
When Modi, an RSS 'pracharak', was appointed a BJP general secretary in the late 90s in Delhi, he stayed in an annexe of Jaitley's official bungalow on 9 Ashoka Road.
Jaitley had not been attending office for about three weeks now and was admitted to AIIMS for undergoing tests and treatment for an undisclosed illness, sources said.
His tweet came amid speculations in some media on the state of Jaitley's health.
"Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley's health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering," tweeted Sitanshu Kar.
As is its wont, the Delhi Durbar is buzzing over the shape and size of Modi Sarkar 2.0. Particularly, who will make it to the Cabinet Committee of Security, the most powerful Cabinet body.
Issues like merger of GST slabs and farmers’ income are likely to be detailed in the Economic Survey.
As per the trend, the BJP-led NDA will form the government at the Centre for the second successive term with absolute majority.
Finance ministry officials met the representatives of industry body SIAM on Wednesday and will hold similar talks with other key chambers.
Jaitley said the opposition could not forge an alliance in several key states and it did not call a meeting of different like-minded parties for the obvious fear that many will not attend the meeting.
All eyes will be now on the Election Commission of India to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha polls in the state in the last phase on May 19, he said in a series of tweets.