Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha on Friday distributed portfolios to his cabinet ministers keeping Home, Health and Family Welfare, PWD, and all other departments that have not been allocated to any minister with himself.
Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya allotted the portfolios on the advice of CM Saha.
The following ministers have been given the charge for the respective departments:
Ratan Lal Nath- Power; Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; Election
Pranajit Singha Roy- Finance; Planning & Coordination; Information Technology
Sushanta Chowdhury- Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs; Transport; Tourism
Santana Chakma- Industries & Commerce; Jail (Home); Welfare of OBCs
Tinku Roy- Youth Affairs & Sports; Social Welfare & Social Education; Labour
Bikash Debbarma- Tribal Welfare; Handloom, Handicrafts & Sericulture; Statistics
Sudhangshu Das- Welfare of Scheduled Castes; Animal Resource Development; Fisheries
Sukla Charan Noatia- Cooperation; Tribal Welfare (TRP & PTG); Welfare of Minorities
On March 8, Manik Saha was sworn in for his second term as the Chief Minister of Tripura following the BJP’s victory in the state in the assembly polls held on February 16. Apart from Saha, eight other ministers were sworn-in.
The swearing-in ceremony in Tripura’s Agartala was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP national general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda. Alongside them was present Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, credit for being the architect of the saffron party’s success in the Northeast.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Sikkim Chief Minister PS Tamang were among the dignitaries to attend the oath-taking ceremony in Tripura. Former Tripura Chief Minister, BJP’s Biplab Deb, who had been replaced mid-term, was also on the stage.
Meanwhile, four of the ministers in the new Tripura cabinet had retained from the previous government. They are Ratan Lal Nath, Pranjit Singha Roy, Shantana Chakma and Sushanta Chowdhury.
Moreover, the BJP inducted three new ministers in the new Tripura government from within its ranks. They are Tinku Roy, a close associate of Biplab Deb, Bikash Debbarma, the chief of BJP’s Scheduled Tribes Morcha and Sudhanshu Das.
On the other hand, the saffron party’s ally in Tripura, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which was routed in the recently held assembly polls, got one ministerial berth. Sukla Charan Noatia from IPFT was among those sworn.