Displaced Bru tribesmen from Mizoram, who have been living in Tripura as refugees since 1997, will now settle in Tripura permanently on Thursday after an agreement between the Union government, the state governments of Tripura and Mizoram and representatives of Bru-Reang in the state capital.
The agreement was signed by representatives of Bru and the government of Tripura and Mizoram in the presence of Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah, in the North Block. More than 30,000 expelled Bru tribes from Mizoram have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997.
According to the agreement, Bru tribes will now live permanently in Tripura, Shah said.
The Bru tribes stayed in various relief camps in Tripura after they fled Mizoram in 1997 after ethnic clashes between Bru and Mizo communities.
In July 2018, an agreement to return the Bru tribes to Mizoram did not take shape as the majority of the parishioners refused to return to Mizoram. So far, only 328 families have returned to Mizoram and have settled there.
“A 23-year-old problem that has existed for so long has come to its logical conclusion. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, we have solved one complex problem after another, ”said Shah.
Under the terms of the agreement, each Bru family will receive Rs 4 Lakh in a fixed deposit account, Rs 5,000 per month for two years, a plot of land in Tripura and a ration for two years. The central government will provide 600 rupees for all this aid.
“The Bru people who lived in different camps under human conditions can now live permanently in their own houses. They enjoy the same rights as all Indians living in Tripura with voting rights. You will live honorably now, ”said Shah.
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were present alongside the Tripura royal sprout Pradyot Deb Barman.
Sarma, who played a pivotal role in developing a solution between the Bru people and the Tripura and Mizoram governments, said the conflict resolution had started in the northeastern region and Thursday’s agreement was part of it.
With this agreement, Zoramthanga said a long drawn-out problem had ended.