30,000 Bru refugees to get permanent settlement in Tripura, Centre okays Rs 600 crore package
Home Minister Amit Shah and representatives of Bru refugees signed the agreement to end crisis of Bru refugees in presence of Tripura CM Biplab Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga.
New Delhi: In a major relief for the displaced Bru tribals of Mizoram, they are all set to get a permanent home in BJP-ruled Tripura.
More than 30,000 Bru tribals, who have been living as refugees in Tripura for many years, today got the clearance for permanent settlement in Biplab Deb-led state. A tripartite agreement was signed to this effect on Thursday.
In a major relief for the displaced Bru tribals of Mizoram, they are all set to get a permanent home in BJP-ruled Tripura. @AmitShah
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Bru refugees to get free ration, Rs 5000/- cash per month
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and representatives of Bru refugees signed the agreement to end crisis of Bru refugees from Mizoram and for their settlement in Tripura, in presence of Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah: Approximately 30,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura. Rs 600 crore package has been given for this. https://t.co/yKUbYGJesP pic.twitter.com/iPuHQlLWCO
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2020
Bru refugees will get a 40 by 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of Rs 4 lakhs, cash assistance of Rs 5000 per month for 2 years and free ration.
Bru tribals fled Mizoram following violent clashes
The Bru tribals have been living in Tripura in different relief camps after they fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes between Bru and Mizo communities.
Earlier in 2018 also, an agreement was signed for repatriation of Bru tribals to Mizoram but it did not see light of the day as majority of the community members refused to go back to Mizoram.
Background of Bru-Mizo ethnic strife:
In 1997, following ethnic tension, around 5,000 families comprising around 30,000 Bru-Reang tribals were forced to flee Mizoram and seek shelter in Tripura. These people were housed in temporary camps at Kanchanpur, in North Tripura.
Since 2010, Government of India has been making sustained efforts to permanently rehabilitate these refugees. The Union government has been assisting the two State governments for taking the care of the refugees. Till 2014, 1622 Bru-Reang families returned to Mizoram in different batches.
On 3rd July, 2018, an agreement was signed between the Union government, the two State governments and representatives of Bru-Reang refugees, as a result of which the aid given to these families was increased substantially. Subsequently, 328 families comprising of 1369 individuals returned to Mizoram under the agreement. There had been a sustained demand of most Bru-Reang families that they may be allowed to settle down in Tripura, considering their apprehensions about their security.