Mizoram organisations welcome Bru repatriation decision

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AIZAWL, July 12 (Newmai): Mizoram civil society organisations have warmly welcomed the agreement between the Centre, Mizoram and Tripura governments and Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) to repatriate over 32,800 Bru families from Tripura to Mizoram after more than two decades.

Mizoram NGO Co-ordination Committee, an umbrella organisations of major civil societies and student bodies in the state such Central YMA (CYMA), Mizo Upa Pawl or Mizo Elders’ Association (MUP), Mizo Hmeichhia Insuihkhawm Pawl or Mizoram Women’s Association (MHIP), Mizo Zirlai Pawl or Mizo Students Federation (MZP) and Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) on Thursday held a meeting at Central YMA office at Tuikhuahtlang here to deliberate about the upcoming Bru repatriation. The meeting warmly welcomed the move to repatriate the displaced Bru families from Tripura after a long time.

NGO Co-ordination chairman who is also CYMA president, Vanlalruata said that they “warmly” welcomed the Bru families to return to Mizoram. He said that all genuine Brus families from Mizoram and their descendants, who enrolled in 1995 Mizoram electoral roll should return to Mizoram as per the agreement.

“We are happy that an agreement could be reached to finally repatriate the displaced Bru families from Tripura,” he said.

The NGO Co-ordination Committee also lauded that the decision to close down all transit camps in Tripura once the repatriation is completed.

The committee then appealed to the people of Mizoram to welcome the decision of repatriation and extend fullest support to the government.

It, however, stated that it will continue to oppose any exercise of franchise outside the state.

Over 32,879 displaced Bru tribals from 5,407 families staying at six transit camps in Tripura for the past 22 years would be repatriated to Mizoram by September this year.

The decision to repatriate the Bru tribals, also known as Reang, was taken at a meeting in New Delhi last week where Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, his Mizoram counterpart Lal Thanhawla and top officials of Home Ministry (MHA) and the two northeastern states were present.

As per the agreement, the repatriated Bru families would get financial aids of Rs 4 lakh each and Rs 1.50 lakh each for construction of houses. Each family would also be given monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 for two years and free ration for the same period. The repatriated families will be resettled in three districts- Mamit, Lunglei and Kolasib. Of the 5,407 families, 4,199 families will be settled in Mamit district, 824 in Kolasib district and the rest 384 families in Lunglei district.

The Bru tribals  have been living in the six makeshift camps in north Tripura’s Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions, adjoining Mizoram, since October 1997 after they fled their homes in western Mizoram following ethnic trouble in that state.

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