More than 30,000 displaced Bru tribals from Mizoram, who have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997, will permanently settle in Tripura. An agreement was signed recently by representatives of Bru, the central, Tripura and Mizoram governments in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at North Block.
Under the agreement, over 30,000 Bru tribals will live in Tripura permanently, Shah shared. The Bru tribals have been staying in Tripura in different relief camps after they fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes between Bru and Mizo communities. An agreement signed in July 2018 for repatriation of the Bru tribals to Mizoram did not materialize as majority of the community members refused to go back to Mizoram. So far, only 328 families have returned and settled in Mizoram.
‘A 23-year-old problem, which has been lingering for so long, has reached its logical conclusion. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have been solving one after another complicated problem,’ said Shah.
Under the pact, Rs 4 lakh will be given 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 such assistance, the central government will provide Rs 600 crore.
‘The Bru people, who have been living in sub-human conditions in different camps, can now live in their own homes permanently. They will enjoy equal rights of any Indian living in Tripura with voting rights. They will now live honorably,’ Shah added.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, besides Tripura royal scion Pradyot Deb Barman, were present at the event.