In a day the Mizoram
government said it would go ahead with the agreed plan to
the refugees today demanded an Area Development Council (ADC)
for Brus after the repatriation.
Committee (MBDPCC) submitted a memorandum demanding an ADC to
the Dasda BDO for Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Tripura district have demanded the ADC for their security and
development once they would be back home, MBDPCC president L
Laldingliana told PTI.
"Our long standing demands like creation of Area
Development Council, allotment of 5 hectare land to each
family and formation of cluster village were rejected in the
four-corner agreement signed in New Delhi. This agreement has
caused panic for the inmates of the camps," Laldingliana said.
Forum (MBDPF), the apex body of the refugees which signed the
quadripartite with the Centre, and state governments of
Mizoram and Tripura on July 3.
The refugees organized a rally today and submitted the
memorandum to the BDO there.
MBDPF secretary Bruno Msha said his organization has
no connection with the new committee.
Meanwhile at a meeting in Aizawl, state Home Minister
R Lalzirliana informed political parties and civil societies
of the state that the repatriation would begin as per schedule
on August 14 and was expected to be completed by September 10.
Lalzirliana said the state government recently
received instructions from the Election Commission to conduct
revision of voters' lists in the relief camps, while its
earlier order had asked conducting the revision in Mizoram
after completion of the physical repatriation process.
"We have to implement the instructions of the Election
Commission of India by conducting the electoral roll revisions
in the relief camps," he said.
The civil societies and the political parties,
however, were not happy with the latest instruction of the EC.
"We decided that the Election Commission would be
approached again so that the entire electoral process should
be conducted within the state," said TA Vanlalruata, president
of central committee of the Young Mizo Association, a civil
The Centre, state governments of Mizoram and Tripura
body of the Bru community in the relief camps, have on July 3
signed an agreement for repatriation of all the Bru refugees
from Tripura before September 30.
According to the agreement, Rs 4 lakh would be
deposited in the account of the head of each repatriated Bru
family, which would mature after three years, and a payment of
Rs 1.5 lakh as housing assistance.
Each repatriated Bru family would also be given Rs
5,000 through Direct Benefit Transfer every month and free
ration for two years.
Altogether 32,876 Brus belonging to 5,407 families are
lodged in six relief camps in Tripura.
While 4,199 Bru families would be resettled in 48
villages in Mamit district, 824 and 384 families would be
resettled in 10 villages Kolasib and four villages in Lunglei
districts respectively, Mizoram Additional Secretary for Home
Lalbiakzama had said on Monday.
The Brus are in Tripura since late 1997 in the wake of
a communal tension triggered by the murder of a forest guard
inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997 by Bru
National Liberation Front militants.
The first attempt to repatriate them in 2009 failed
and triggered another wave of exodus after the killing of a
youth three days before the commencement of the repatriation
Though some Bru families had returned to Mizoram
during a number of repatriation processes and on their own,
many of them refused to leave Tripura.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)