The word ‘interim’ means for the intervening period or something that’s temporary.

This phrase ‘interim Finance Minister’ has been in the news because the government names Piyush Goyal as the interim Finance Minister.

The news comes just a few days before the Union Budget is to be presented in the Parliament on February 1, 2019.

The government announced the development owing to ex-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s indisposition, while adding that Goyal will retain his existing portfolios of coal and railway ministry.