Mizoram: Repatriation of Bru Families Rescheduled to March 2018

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  • Government of Mizoram has rescheduled the proposed repatriation of over 5,000 Bru families
  • The plan of repatriation from March, 2018 could only be implemented on time if the Centre releases the fund

A senior state Home department official on Tuesday said that the Government of Mizoram has rescheduled the proposed repatriation of over 5,000 Bru families that dwell in six relief camps in Tripura to March 2018. The official further added that as per the earlier schedule, it had been proposed that the repatriation of the Bru Families would begin from December first week, but it has been now deferred to March as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs couldn’t release funds meant to carry the process.

The official said that the proposal to execute the plan of repatriation from March, 2018 could only be implemented on time if the Centre releases the fund needed to commence the repatriation process. The Government of Mizoram had submitted a revised estimate for the expenses for repatriation and it had been estimated to Rs 123 crore.

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MIZORAM GOVERNMENT HAS DONE THE TASK TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDY

The Mizoram government had done the task of identifying the people in Tripura relief camps during November 2 to November 23 this year, and had identified 32,857 people who belong to 5,413 families as bona fide residents of Mizoram. According to the government, these people are to be repatriated.

The earlier date of November 30 which was proposed for the physical repatriation,  couldn’t be commenced due to different reasons. One of the reasons was, increase in the number of bona fide residents of Mizoram from 21,000 to 32,857, necessitating revision of the expenditure estimate.

It must be noted that thousands of Brus fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura after the Bru militants killed a forest guard inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997. The Mizoram Government’s first effort to repatriate Bru families in November 16, 2009 not only revoked due to the murder of a Mizo youth by Bru militants near Tripura border Bungthuam village three days just before the commencement of the repatriation, but also triggered another wave of the exodus.

Though a number of families have already returned to Mizoram during the government-sponsored repatriation process and also on their own will, still, thousands of the Bru families remained in the Tripura relief camps making several fresh demands and conditions for their return.

News Source: The Indian Express

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