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Mizoram NGOs ask Bru refugees to return to Mizoram


Mizoram NGOs ask Bru refugees to return to Mizoram

Aizawl: Major NGOs in Mizoram on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to the Bru refugees lodging at six relief camps in Tripura to return to Mizoram on or before 30 September as per the quadripartite agreement between the Centre, government of Tripura and Mizoram and Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF), an apex body of displaced Bru families in Tripura.

NGO Co-Ordination Committee, a conglomerate of all major civil society organisations and student bodies in Mizoram on Tuesday convened a meeting and passed a resolution appealing the Bru families to return to Mizoram, YMA president Vanlalruata said.

He said that the committee also appealed to all concerned authority to materialise the repatriation process.

The committee said the centre, government of Mizoram and Tripura and  MBDPF had on 3 July signed an agreement to repatriate over 32,800 Bru families to Mizoram from Tripura.

Meanwhile, the NGO Co-ordination committee also slammed Mamit District Deputy Commissioner Bhupesh Chaudhary for conducting electoral revision of Bru voters at relief camps despite stiff opposition from NGOs.

Earlier, the NGO coordination had opposed revision of Bru electorates at relief camps and said that no Bru related electoral process should be conducted outside the state.

Accusing  Chaudhary of showing complete disregard to the demand of the committee, the NGOs said that the former should leave Mizoram as soon as possible for showing lack of respect to the NGOs.

Sticking to the promised made by the Election Commission of India  (ECI) in 2014, the committee further appealed to the poll panel  that all Bru voters should be asked to exercise franchise in their respective polling station in Mizoram in the forthcoming state assembly elections.

The last batch of Bru repatriation, which was scheduled to exercise between 25 August and 25 September had fizzled out again as no Bru refugees barring three families had turned up for repatriation when Mizoram officials went to relief camps to repatriate them.

According to officials, only three out of 5,407 Bru families returned to Mizoram during repatriation.

Terming the repatriation as “futile exercise” the state government had withdrew the officials sent to neighbouring Tripura to oversee the exercise, state home department officials said.

According to the quadripartite agreement in New Delhi, over 32,857 tribal would start returning to Mizoram from August.

However, the Bru families refused to return as they were not happy with the repatriation package and demanded Area Development Council (ADC) and cluster village consisting at least 500 families, among others.

According to the agreement, the Bru families would receive financial assistant of Rs 4 lakh for each repatriated family, which would be deposited to their saving account. Each repatriated family would also be provided housing  assistance to the tune of Rs 1.5 lakh. Apart from these, the Bru families would also be given a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000 through Direct Benefit Transfer for two years and free ration for the same period.

Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier said the relief camps would be closed down by the first week of October and assistance allotted for the inmates would be discontinued forthwith.


Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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