Agartala: The Bru Displaced Youth Association (BDYA), an organisation of internally-displaced Bru people settled in Tripura, wrote to Union Minister Amit Shah expressing resentment over the unprecedented delay in implementation of the Rs 600 crore quadripartite pact.
Terming the quadripartite pact “historic,” the organisation noted that despite assurances, 90 per cent of promises made in the resettlement pact remain unfulfilled. The organisation blamed the lackadaisical behaviour of the Tripura government for the delay in the work.
“A historic agreement for resolving the 23 years long issue of the displaced Brus was signed on 16 January 2020 in New Delhi. As per the agreement, the identification of land location for resettlement should be completed within 60 days of the signing of the agreement as well as a physical movement to the resettlement locations and closure of temporary relief camps will be completed within 180 days. According to the agreement, some of the locations have been started but even after 742 days, as of today 01/04/2022, 90% of the resettlement process has been pending due to the negligent and delayed attitude of the Tripura Government”, the memorandum reads.
In its one-page demand draft, the organisation raised two issues for speedy redressal. It urged the government to initiate the resettlement process in all the locations identified under the Kanchanpur sub-division, under the North Tripura district as soon as possible.
“Start resettlement process immediately under all the selected locations of Kanchanpur Sub Division. Under Kanchanpur Sub-Division one location namely Khusnampara (Bandharima Location) has been started but the remaining location like Gachirampara CCRF (Central Catchment Reserve Forest), Anandabazar CCRF, Manuchailengta CCRF, Nondirampara and Bikromjoypara CCRF are still pending”, the memorandum reads.
Kanchanpur is considered to be the most sensitive area in terms of Bru resettlement, as the area witnessed massive clashes after the agreement was signed. One firefighter lost his life in the ensuing violence.
The organisation demanded the government ensure timely payment of the monthly allowances and grants meant for the construction of houses.
“Issue all the resettlement packages timely to the families who were already settled in the different resettlement locations without delay. The resettlement packages like financial assistance for house construction and monthly Rs 5,000 provided to the settled families get delayed all the time by the Government of Tripura. Therefore, it is our serious appeal to your honour to kindly intervene in the matter and resolve the problem of Bru Displaced peoples who are still facing lots of problems in resettlement process”, the memorandum reads.
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