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Tripura: Brus write to Centre, seek release of cash dole     

As many as 30,000 migrants living in seven refugee camps in the state have not got aid for the past three months

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Bru refugees living in seven camps of Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivision of North Tripura have written to the Centre seeking immediate release of their cash dole, among others, which has been pending for the past three months.

As per the existing rehabilitation package, Bru refugees living in Tripura receive Rs 5 per day (Rs 2.50 in case of minors), 600 gram rice daily, three soaps in a year, a pair of slippers every year and a mosquito net in three years.

Bruno Msha, secretary of Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF), said, “We are going to launch a series of protests if the cash dole and the pending items are not provided at the earliest.”

Msha further said that 11 Bru migrant organisations led by the MBDPF would take out a series of agitations from February 13 to March 5. These would include a mass rally from Naisingpara to Dasda RD Block, a three-day sit-in demonstration at SDM’s office, road block from Kanchanpur to Ananda Bazaar in Kanchanpur, 100-km-long March from Naisingpara to DM office in Dharmanagar.

Earlier, following requests, the government had resumed the ration supplies and cash dole after a long break in the month of January. The supplies were later further extended till March 31.

Requests to return home

The MBDPF, an umbrella organisation of Bru refugees living in Tripura, has appealed Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga to take initiative in solving their 22-year-old problem.

In a memorandum to Zoramthanga, MBDPF general secretary Msha has requested the new chief minister of the state to give proper attention to the problems faced by 35,000 Bru refugees living in Tripura.

The Bru refugees are living in six relief camps at Kanchanpur sub-division in North Tripura district since 1997.

In the memorandum, MBDPF general secretary Bruno Msha expressed hope that the new state government would soon convene a meeting with Bru leaders to discuss the issues of repatriation and rehabilitation of the displaced Brus lodged in the relief camps in North Tripura district.

“Please try to give top priority to the Bru issue so that all the communities in the state could live with dignity and honour,” Msha said in the memorandum.