Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said that anybody can write a letter but the decision will be taken by the respective state government over the matter of resettlement of the displaced Bru people.
Deb was reacting to the letter sent by his Mizoram counterpart, chief minister Zoramthanga, in which the latter suggested him to re-consider and cancel the proposal for resettlement of displaced Brus at the ‘traditional habitat’ of Mizos at Jampui Hills in North Tripura.
Speaking with the reporters, Deb said that his cabinet ministers will decide the internal matters of the state. “Chief ministers of other states cannot decide on the internal matters of a state; however, everyone has a right to send letters,” Deb said.
The chief minister was on a visit to GB Pant Hospital for a tree plantation programme amid the outbreak of the Covid-19.
He also said that the Bru resettlement was a long pending issue which was finally solved under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Bru displaced will be resettled in the state very soon. The state government will decide the place of their resettlement,” Deb added.
Earlier, Zoramthanga sent a letter to Deb, saying, “I am given to understand that there is a proposal for resettlement of a good number of displaced Brus residing in Tripura at Mizo-inhabited Zampui Hills and surrounding areas under Kanchanpur Sub-Division in North Tripura.”
“…mention may also be made of the sad fact that Mizos in four villages of Sakhan Hills had fled their traditional villages due to tensions with Brus displaced from Mizoram, back in 1998. In view of the above, inter alia, I would posit that re-consideration and cancellation of the proposed resettlement of displaced Brus amidst Mizo traditional settlers of Jampui hill area and arrangement of other appropriate locations is inevitable if the historic Agreement signed on 16.1.2020 is to be successfully implemented in letter and spirit,” the letter further read.
Meanwhile, the Mizo Convention and Nagarik Suraksha Mancha have organised a series of protest against the proposal of settling them in Kanchanpur sub-division.
The displaced Bru people came to Tripura in 1997 following ethnic clashes in Mizoram and since then they have been living in relief camps in the state.
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.
After signing the agreement, Union home minister Amit Shah had announced a 40×30 ft plot to build a 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.
A total of 12 sites were proposed for the resettlement of Bru people in Tripura. Among these, five are in North Tripura district, one in Unakoti, three in Dhalai and one each in Khowai, West Tripura and Sepahijala districts.