Agartala: Hours after 11 ministers sworn in as cabinet ministers of Chief Minister Manik Saha-led government in Tripura, the council of ministers, in its first customary meeting, approved a set of proposals that aims at the welfare of persons with disabilities (PwD) as well as state’s indigenous communities.

The newly-formed cabinet would chalk out fresh policies to strengthen the health and IT sectors, Cabinet Spokesperson and Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said.

According to Chowdhury, Chief Minister Manik Saha convened the first cabinet meeting and interacted with his new team.

The process of portfolio distribution to the new ministers is almost over and it is likely to be made public within sometime, Chowdhury said.

“All the decisions that have been approved by the state cabinet in its first meeting are a at the primary stage. In the next cabinet meeting, we will be able to give a detailed overview of the schemes that have been approved,” the minister said.

He said: “The first scheme that has been approved is related to the welfare of persons with disabilities. Through the scheme, which will be prepared as per the Central guidelines and Supreme Court judgment, we shall try to ensure socio-economic development of the Divyanga people. The government offices will be transformed into Divyangya- friendly infrastructure and in each district targeted approach will be undertaken for overall development of the beneficiaries,” he added.

The next decision, he said, is related to the welfare of indigenous communities. “Reang community of Tripura is a primitive tribe. A handful of projects will be taken up under a special scheme for protection and uplift of Reang community people. In the new cabinet, Prem Kumar Reang, who represents the Reang tribe, has been inducted. As per the primary assessment, there are around 1.85 lakh people belonging to the Reang community in the state,” said Chowdhury, adding, barring Sepahijala and West Tripura district the population is scattered in all six districts.

In addition to that, the state will also introduce two fresh policies to revamp the IT and health sector. “A State Health Policy will be formulated following the National Health policy 2017. An IT policy will also be drafted with the aim to draw investment in the sector. The existing IT policy has lapsed in 2022 and thus a fresh policy will be drafted within a few months,” he added.

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