The displaced Bru tribes of Mizoram, who have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997, will now be permanently installed in Tripura, according to an agreement signed between the Union government, the state governments of Tripura and the representatives of Mizoram and Bru-Reang in the national capital. Thursday.
The agreement was signed by representatives of Bru and the governments of Tripura and Mizoram in the presence of the Interior Minister of the Union, Amit Shah, in North Block. More than 30,000 displaced Bru tribes from Mizoram have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997.
Under the agreement, the Bru tribes will now live in Tripura permanently, Shah said.
The Bru tribes have stayed in Tripura in different relief camps after escaping from Mizoram in 1997 after ethnic clashes between the Bru and Mizo communities.
In July 2018, an agreement signed for the repatriation of the Bru tribes to Mizoram was not finalized, since most members of the community refused to return to Mizoram. So far, only 328 families have returned and settled in Mizoram.
“A problem of 23 years, which has been persisting for so long, has reached its logical conclusion. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have been solving one complicated problem after another, ”said Shah.
Under the agreement, Rs 4 lakh will be awarded to each Bru family in a fixed deposit account, Rs 5,000 per month for two years, a plot of land in Tripura and ration for two years. For all that assistance, the central government will provide Rs 600 Rs.
“Bru people, who have been living in subhuman conditions in different camps, can now live in their own homes permanently. They will enjoy the same rights as any Indian who lives in Tripura with the right to vote. Now they will live honorably, ”said Shah.
Mizoram Prime Minister Zoramthanga, Tripura Prime Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in addition to Tripura’s royal offspring, Pradyot Deb Barman, were present at the event.
Sarma, who played a crucial role in the search for a solution between the Bru people and the governments of Tripura and Mizoram, said the conflict resolution exercise was taking place in the northeast region and that Thursday’s agreement was part of it.
Zoramthanga said that with this agreement, a long-standing problem had come to an end.