New Delhi: Putting an end to the 22-year-old Bru refugee crisis, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met the representatives of Bru refugees from Mizoram and signed an agreement with them for their settlement in Tripura. The singing of agreement happened in the presence of Chief Ministers of Mizoram Zoramthanga, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and representatives of Bru tribes.
As per the tripartite pact, over 30,000 displaced Bru tribals from Mizoram will now permanently settle in Tripura.
While signing the pact, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said approximately 30,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura and Rs 600 crore package has been given for this purpose.
“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,” the Home Minister said.
The development comes after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb agreed to the terms of settling the Bru tribals who are also Reangs in Tripura in November last year.
After signing of the pact, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said that the step is historic. “I want to thank the Prime Minister and Home Minister on the behalf of people of Tripura.”
On the other hand, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said that they have signed an important agreement with Bru leaders and the government of Tripura and the government of Mizoram. “This will permanently solve the burning issue that has been going on for 25 years,” he said.
The Brus tribals dwell in areas that have spread across parts of Mizoram, Tripura and the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
These Bru tribals in 1997 under the Bru National Union had passed a resolution and demanded an Autonomous District Council. However, it was opposed by the government and the Young Mizos Association at that time.
Six months after the Bru tribals migrated to Tripura in 1997, a number of relief packages were announced for them which include 600 gm of rice to every adult and 300 gm to minors.
However, the supply was disrupted in October 2019 on instructions of the Home Ministry in an effort to complete the repatriation of refugees to Mizoram.