Members of Joint Movement Committee submitting a memorandum to the Kanchanpur Sub-division magistrate

Agartala: As a process to settle down the displaced Bru people continues, the Joint Movement Committee (JMC) wrote a letter to the chief secretary Manoj Kumar opposing the steps of the state government to settle down 4,900 bru migrants in Kanchanpur sub-division.

The joint movement committee of Jampui Hill Mizo Convention and Kanchanpur Nagarik Surakha Mancha submitted to the Kanchanpur Sub-division magistrate Chandni Chandran expressing their dissatisfaction with the proposed settlement of Bru families within Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions under North Tripura district.

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“We would like to express our shock and disappointment with the proposed settlement of 4900 families of Mizoram Bru migrants within Kanchanpur and Panisagar Sub-Divisions. This proposal from the government grossly goes against our proposal that we have submitted to you and discussed with you on 23 July 2020 during our video conference meeting with you,” the memorandum reads.

After signing the agreement, Union home minister Amit Shah had announced a 40×30 ft area 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.

The Tripura government had identified a total of 3,600 hectares of land in 11 locations in list one for resettling 4, 900 families comprising 33, 000 people across the state.

Of the total identified lands, six locations– CCRF under Anandabazar, Bikramjoy Para, Nandiram Para, Manu Manpui, Banchiram Pusparam Para and Kuki nala area under North Tripura district.

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While two locations— one in Teliamura and Sikari Bari area under Khowai district, West Kalajhari in Amarpur subdivision in Gomati district, one in Dhalai district and the other at Boxanagar in Sepahijala district.

They JMC convener Susanta Bikash Barua and Chairman JMC Dr Zairemthiama Pachuau said that in principle, the members of Nagarik Suraksha Mancha and Mizo Convention are not ‘against’ the quadrilateral Bru settlement agreement signed in New Delhi on 16 January 2020.

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“In fact, we congratulate and welcome the Agreement. However, we are still maintaining our logical stand that equitable distribution of families in all the Districts and Sub-Divisions is critically important to avoid negative social, cultural, political, environmental, and ecological impacts it can have on our Kanchanpur Sub-Division,” the leaders said.

The members of the JMC also said that the maximum 500 families should be settled in Kanchanpur & Panisagar sub-divisions in the specific places which they had mentioned in the previous proposal.

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