The Bru tribals came to Tripura in 1997 following ethnic clashes in Mizoram and since then they have been living in relief camps in the state Credit: Representational image

Agartala: The Tripura government has identified 18 locations across the state to permanently settle the displaced Bru people, who are currently living in six relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions of North Tripura district, around 180 km from capital Agartala.

Speaking with reporters, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state government had directed the district magistrates to identify locations for settling the Bru people in the state.

“The district magistrates of all the eight districts have identified 18 locations across the state. Now the government will verify these lands and decide where and how to settle them permanently,” Nath said.

On January 17, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had said that his government would take six months’ time in settling down the Bru community in Tripura.

The Bru people will be settled in a cluster system across all eight districts of the state dividing the 36,000 people into 300 families.

“We can settle only 300 families in one location because if we settle more than that, it will become congested,” Nath said.

Earlier on January 16, a quadripartite agreement was signed between the government of Tripura and Mizoram, Centre and the Bru leaders for settling over 36,000 displaced people in Tripura permanently.

“Tripura government will provide them permanent resident of Tripura certificates (PRTC), Aadhaar cards, Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates and ration cards, besides the benefits which are being provided to the indigenous people in the state,” Nath added.

He also said that the 108 Bengali families affected during the anti-CAA protests have been compensated by the government.

“Up to 80% of the compensation has already been provided to them and for this, our government had to spend over Rs.1.31 crore and the affected families have received Rs 60,000 each,” Nath added.

The Brus have been living in six relief camps since 1997 after they fled from Mizoram following an ethnic clash between communities.

After signing the agreement, Union home minister Amit Shah had announced a 40×30 ft plot to build house, Rs 4 lakh as fixed deposit, financial aid of Rs 5,000 per month along with free ration supply for the next two years to all the Bru families. To build houses, an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh will also be provided to every family.

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