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Official team to visit Bru relief camps in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

A team of officials would visit six relief camps in to identify families willing to return to Mizoram, a said.

The team comprising officials of the of Home Affairs (MHA) and government would begin the identification process of the families lodged in the relief camps in North district from February 22, the said.

Efforts were in full swing to begin the repatriation of the Bru families from early March, in government's Home department, told

The MHA had released Rs 7.9 crore recently for the purpose while the had submitted an estimate of Rs 123 crore for the exercise, he said.

The officials who conducted an identification in the relief camps from November 2 to November 23, 2016 had identified 32,857 people belonging to 5,413 families as bona fide residents of Mizoram, who were eligible for repatriation.

The proposed repatriation scheduled to commence from November 30 last year could not take off due to several reasons including increase in the number of bona fide residents of from 21,000 to 32,857, necessitating a revision of the expenditure estimate.

A memorandum submitted to the by the Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum (MBDPF) last month had demanded a provision of Rs 15 lakh to each repatriated Bru family.

The MBPDF had also demanded that all the repatriated able-bodied youths should be given government jobs.

Thousands of Brus are lodged in the six relief camps since the later part of 1997 following exodus from Mizoram due to communal tension triggered by the murder of a forest by Bru militants.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:05 IST