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Jan 17, 2020
8:55AM

PM Modi welcomes agreement to permanently settle Bru-Reang refugees in Tripura

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the agreement to permanently settle the Bru-Reang refugees in Tripura saying it will greatly help them. In a tweet, Mr Modi said the Bru-Reang refugees will benefit from numerous welfare schemes of the government.

Prime Minister described it is a special day indeed. Union Government yesterday signed an agreement with stakeholders from the State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community
bringing an end to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and others in New Delhi. As per the agreement, over 30 thousand Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura.  Addressing the media, Mr Shah said, the Centre has sanctioned 600-crore rupee package for the rehabilitation of the people from this community. He said, Bru refugees will get a 40 x 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of four lakh rupees, cash assistance of five thousand rupees per month for two years and free ration.

Mr. Shah said, it was a long-pending issue which has been resolved. The Home Minister said Central Government is committed towards addressing all long-pending issues related to the North East. Bru
tribals from Mizoram have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997. An agreement was signed in 2018 for repatriation of the Bru tribals to Mizoram which did not materialize as majority of the
community members refused to go back.

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