Amit Shah (File image)
Home minister Amit Shah (File image)

The Central government is likely to announce a Rs 600 crore rehabilitation package for the resettlement of Brus.

The Brus had settled in Tripura after fled ethnic cleansing in Mizoram in 1997.

Union home minister Amut Shah is scheduled to sign an agreement on Thursday to end the 22-year-old Bru refugee crisis.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Tripura royal scion Pradyot Debbarman besides home minister Shah are the signatories of the pact.

Another set of signatories are Bru NGOs Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples’ Forum (MBDPF), Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples’ Coordination Committee (MBDPCC), Mizoram Bru Indigenous Democratic Movement (MBIDM), Bru Tribal Development Society (BTDS), and Bru Displaced Welfare Organisation (BDWO).

Their respective signatories are A Sawibunga (MBDPF), Laldingliana (MBDPCC), Paritosh Chorkhy (MBIDM), Vipin Kumar Reang (BTDS), and Zomdari Reang (BDWO).

Land rights for the displaced Brus will be part of the agreement, Hindustan times reported.

Other guarantees include fixed deposits of Rs 4 lakh for each family, a monthly sum of Rs 5,000 and free monthly ration for the first two years and schools in all cluster villages.

According to a relief package announced six months after Bru migrants arrived in Tripura in 1997, 600 gm of rice is provided daily to every adult living in the camps and 300 gm to minors.

The package also has provisions for a cash dole of Rs 5 per adult per day and Rs 2.5 for every minor.

In October 2019, the supply of ration was stopped on instructions of the Home Ministry in a bid to hastily complete the repatriation of refugees to Mizoram.

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