Agartala: With the problems of the internally-displaced people of the Brus in Tripura coming to an end with the signing of the quadripartite agreement between the governments of Tripura and Mizoram, leaders of various Bru organisations and the Centre in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday, various political parties and civil society organisations have reacted to the permanent settlement of the tribal community in the state.
Speaking with EastMojo, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Pijush Kanti Biswas expressed happiness and welcomed the agreement to settle the Brus permanently in Tripura.
“The government has made a promise and they should fulfill it and not betray people unlike every time they did by making fake promises to the people,” Biswas said.
CPIM senior leader and former Tripura East MP Jitendra Chaudhury said that for almost two decades, although there has been a lot of initiatives for their repatriation, sadly they could not be materialised.
“Since the government has taken the decision, so there should be full-proof arrangements that not only financial packages but land, and proper source of livelihood are given. No inconvenience should be faced by the locals,” Chaudhury said.
“Both the government of Tripura and the Centre have taken an initiative and the decades-long problem will finally be solved. There should be an ideal and proper package,” he added.
Meanwhile, civil society organisations comprising non-tribals in Kanchanpur in North Tripura district expressed their disappointment over the permanent settlement of Brus in Tripura.
Speaking with EastMojo, Nagarik Suraksha Mancha president Ranjit Nath said that they were not happy with the agreement. “We are not happy since there has been a series of clashes between the Bru community and the non-tribals in Kanchanpur ever since they came to Tripura in 1997 following an ethnic clash,” Nath said.
He also said that they would hold a meeting to discuss the next course of action on January 26.
Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb also reacted to the quadripartite agreement signed in New Delhi on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, he said: “.@mygovindia has also declared Rs.600 crore package for settling displaced #BRU tribals in our State.
Govt will also provide Rs 1.5 lakh housing assistance to the BRU refugees, Rs 4 lakh FD for each family, Rs 5,000 monthly cash assistance & free ration for next two years. “
Deb also wrote to his twitter, “I thank hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and HM Shri Amit Shah ji for the historic decision of settling of 30000 BRU families in Tripura permanently. I also congratulate our Brothers and Sisters of the BRU community.”