Agartala: Weeks after signing of the quadripartite agreement between the governments of Tripura and Mizoram, Centre and the leaders of Bru organisations in New Delhi, the state revenue department has started a survey in six Bru camps in the North Tripura district of the state to prepare a list of beneficiaries who will be settled permanently in Tripura.
Speaking with EastMojo, Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) president A Sawibunga said that the survey has begun and it is undergoing in all six relief camps once the survey is completed a committee would be formed by the state government to start the permanent settlement in Tripura.
The Brus have been living in six relief camps since 1997 after they fled from Mizoram following an ethnic clash between communities.
Kanchanpur sub-divisional magistrate Abhedyananda Baidya said that survey started in three camps falling under his jurisdiction on January 18.
“The survey is going on to ascertain the number of inmates who have been living in the camps and to prepare a final list of beneficiaries who would receive the facilities of the permanent settlement package,” Baidya said.
After signing the agreement, Union home minister Amit Shah 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 rations supply for the next two years to all the Bru families. To build the house, an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh will also be provided to every family.
Meanwhile, the Nagarik Suraksha Mancha (Citizens’ Protection Forum) has started demanding the repatriation of the Bru community from Tripura alleging that hundreds of non-tribal (Bangali) people were displaced from their houses after a clash in Kanchanpur area.
The forum on Thursday on the occasion of Netaji’s birth anniversary held a protest rally attended by over 5,000 non-tribals demanding a similar package for those who have were forced to leave their homes.