Arun Jaitley is likely to resume charge as the finance minister on next Monday, nearly three weeks after he relinquished the portfolio on January 23 to undergo treatment in the United States. Jaitley is also expected to chair the Goods and Service Tax Council meeting via video conferencing on Wednesday next week, government sources said. In Jaitley\u2019s absence, minister for railways and coal Piyush Goyal has been acting as the finance minister. Goyal presented the Interim Budget on February 1. \u201cDelighted to be back home,\u201d Jaitley tweeted on Saturday, on his return to the country. Jaitley has been active on social media tweeting and writing Facebook posts and had also met reporters through a video call from New York and fielded questions after the Budget. He also wrote multiple posts defending the government on Rafale aircraft deal and dismissing accusations of conflict of interest against Comptroller and Auditor General. Jaitley, 66, had last month flown to New York for medical treatment after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer which required a surgery. This was his first overseas visit after he underwent renal transplant surgery on May 14, 2018, at AIIMS. Also read: Arun Jaitley to resume duty as Finance Minister by 18 Feb; may address RBI board meet He had stopped attending office at the beginning of April last year due to his kidney ailment and was back in North Block \u2014 the seat of the finance ministry \u2014 on August 23, 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the ministry for about 100 days. Jaitley in September 2014 underwent bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition. Wednesday's GST Council meet is likely to consider a crucial proposal to bring down rates for residential real estate to 5% (without benefit of input tax credit to builders) from 12% currently. The move is expected to provide fillip to the sector and boost consumption.