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State needs central funds for Bru repatriation: Lalbiakzama

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

The would not be able to implement the Centre's proposal of repatriating over 3,500 Bru families from in the first week of December for want of funds, a senior state home department official said today.

Additional Secretary for Home Lalbiakzama told PTI that the state had sent a plan to the ministry of home affairs in September, seeking sanction and release of funds for the programme, and was waiting for an approval.

"The Ministry of Home Affairs has to sanction the state government's proposal and release funds to the tune of more than Rs 120 crore. Only then the state will be able to go ahead with the repatriation process," Lalbiakzama said.

Even after the Centre approved the proposal, it would take the state government at least a month to procure rice from the Food Corporation of (FCI) for distribution among these families, he said.

Thousands of Bru families had migrated to neighbouring owing to a communal tension triggered by the murder of a game watcher by suspected militants on October 21, 1997.

Though a number of them have returned to over the years, a sizeable population continued to live in the relief camps of the neighbouring state.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 18:48 IST