New Delhi, January 16: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and representatives of Bru refugees on Thursday, January 16, signed an agreement to end the 22-year-old Bru refugee crisis from Mizoram and their settlement in Tripura. The agreement was signed in presence of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb. According to the new agreement, over 30,000 displaced Bru tribals — called Reangs in Tripura — will permanently settle in Tripura.
"Approximately 30,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura. Rs 600 crore package has been given for this. 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," Amit Shah said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi: 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. pic.twitter.com/RdiFpG1hEG
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Under the pact, over 30,000 Bru tribals will live in Tripura permanently, Shah said. 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.
An agreement signed in July 2018 for repatriation of the Bru tribals to Mizoram did not materialise as the most of the community members refused to go back to Mizoram.
(With PTI Inputs)