The Central Government has agreed to extend the deadline for the resettlement of Bru while reviewing the implementation of the Bru agreement.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the implementation of the Bru agreement with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha.
- They found significant progress being made in the resettlement process of Bru people, who were displaced from Mizoram, in Tripura.
- Under the agreement, the Bru community currently living in temporary relief camps in Tripura will be settled in the state.
- The Bru, who returned to Mizoram in the eight phases of repatriation since 2009, cannot return to Tripura under this agreement.
- The beneficiaries under this agreement will receive housing assistance and they will be settled in four clusters.
- The agreement seeks the closure of temporary camps within 180 days after the signing takes place.
- This deadline has been extended since the August 31 target has passed without many being resettled.
- The number of rehabilitated families is 6,959, with the total population being 37,136.
- Till date, 3,696 families have been resettled and the rest are in the process of resettlement.
- Houses have been constructed for 2,407 families so far.
Who are bru?
Bru is an indigenous community in the North East India. Also known as Reang, they are concentrated mainly in Tripura, Mizoram and Assam. In Tripura, they are recognized as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribe. In Mizoram, they have been targeted by various groups that do not consider them indigenous to the state. In 1997, over 37,000 Bru were displaced from Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts of Mizoram. They were forced to settle in relief camps in Tripura. Since then, 5,000 have returned to Mizoram in 8 phases of repatriation and the rest have remained in 6 relief camps in North Tripura and are being resettled by the Tripura government.
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