Approximately 30,000 Bru refugees from Mizoram who have been living in Tripura for over two decades will be settled in Tripura permanently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday after signing of a tripartite agreement.
Rs 600 crore package has been given for this, Shah said.
Bru tribals will get a 40*30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of Rs 4 lakh, cash assistance of Rs 5,000/month for 2 years and free ration, Shah said.
An agreement was signed on Thursday by representatives of Bru refugees and the central and Mizoram and governments in presence of Amit Shah at the Ministry of Home Affairs at North Block.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla were also present at the signing.
Earlier, an agreement signed in July 2018 for repatriation of the Bru tribals to Mizoram did not materialise as a majority of the refugees refused to leave Tripura.
The tribals fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the Mizo community in 1997 and have been living in Tripura in different relief camps ever since.
Speaking on the occasion, Zoramthanga said, “Today we have signed an important agreement with Bru leaders and government of Tripura and government of Mizoram. This will permanently solve the burning issue that has been going on for 25 years.”
“This step is historic. I want to thank the Prime Minister and Home Minister on the behalf of people of Tripura,” Biplab Deb said.