We have listened to their demands, assured them on whatever best can be done for their interest after they are repatriated to Mizoram, says MHA special secretary AP Maheswari
Agartala: Following the demands of Autonomous District Council in Mizoram for the Bru refugees living in six relief camps of Tripura, special secretary of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) chaired a four-corner meeting between the Tripura and Mizoram governments and the representatives of the Bru community in Agartala on Wednesday.
Speaking with reporters at the end of the meeting, special secretary of MHA, A P Maheswari, said that a meeting with the representatives of the Brus in presence of the Tripura and Mizoram government was held to discuss over the issues and difficulties in the ongoing repatriation process.
“We have listened to their demands and have assured to the Bru representatives on whatever best can be done for their interest once after they repatriate to Mizoram and government of India will do its best,” he said.
If there are any developmental deficits or if they want some skill development, we would help them with whatever is required for their re-settlement. We may bring some schemes to bring them at par with the other communities who have already developed while they have been away from Mizoram. The government of India’s schemes like compensation scheme, resettlement scheme has already been provided to them, Maheswari added.
Speaking further, he said he has ensured the Bru representatives that they would build a security system for Bru refugees so that they can re-establish themselves well and the rest of the problem can be addressed only after the conclusion of repatriation.
“Our stand is very clear that there would be no more relief camps here in Tripura. The government has already finalised a scheme of resettlement in 2018 and we are honouring that. The government of Mizoram has made all the preparation for going back and they have arranged security. We are committed to their security. Further, their political status or whatever special status they want this is only possible once they go back. They should be a part of the democratic process and social value first, only then they can assess,” A P Maheswari told reporters.
Meanwhile, general secretary of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), Bruno Msha, said, “The special secretary of MHA has heard about our problems and our issues and he has asked us to present a memorandum in his office, which he will hand over to the higher authorities. Accordingly, they will solve the matter after studying our issues. We have raised the demand for ADC to solve the issues of the Bru people. Since it is a political demand he him-self didn’t make any final decision on the meeting.”
Another member of the Bru community from the Naisinghpara relief camp said that they are not happy with the government of India. “We are being sent to Mizoram without fulfilling our demands. We will not leave unless our demands are fulfilled and we are not happy with the meeting with MHA,” he said.