Bru repatriation unlikely to begin on schedule

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Aizawl, March 3: The repatriation of over 5,000 Bru families from Tripura is not likely to take off as scheduled from this month, as the refugees rejected a central government proposal for financial assistance, a senior state home department official said on Friday.
Officials of the ministry of home affairs informed the 5,413 refugee families last month that each family would be provided with a package of Rs 1.3 lakh besides Rs 5,000 per family per month and free ration for two years.
“Bru people in the relief camps rejected the proposals of the ministry during a meeting at Naisingpara relief camp on February 23. It is unlikely that the repatriation will begin according to schedule,” Mizoram additional secretary for home Lalbiakzama said.
A memorandum submitted to Union home minister Rajnath Singh by the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum in January had demanded a provision of Rs 15 lakh to each repatriated Bru family.
The forum had demanded that all repatriated able-bodied youths should be given government jobs. The ball is now in the court of the ministry, he said. Lalbiakzama said the Mizoram government was fully prepared to conduct the repatriation from Tripura. The repatriation was scheduled to begin from the first week of March. (PTI)