North East empowerment: Bru-Reang agreement signed in Delhi

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New Delhi: An agreement between Government of India, Governments of Tripura, Mizoram and Bru-Reang representatives was signed in New Delhi today.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah presided over the signing of the agreement.

This was done to end the 23-year old Bru-Reang refugee crisis. Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga, CM of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb, Chairman, NEDA, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chairman, TIPRA, Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, representatives of Bru tribes along with senior officers were present on the occasion.

This agreement is in line with PM Narendra Modi’s vision for the progress of the North East and the empowerment of the people of the region.

Shah told media that under the dynamic the leadership of PM Modi a permanent solution has been arrived at this long-standing issue of rehabilitating thousands of Bru-Reang people in Tripura.

It may be recalled that in 1997, following ethnic tension, nearly 5,000 families comprising around 30,000 Bru-Reang tribals were forced to flee Mizoram and seek shelter in Tripura.

Since 2010,  a sustained effort is being made by Government of India to permanently rehabilitate these refugees. Till 2014, 1622 Bru-Reang families returned to Mizoram in different batches, according to reports.

An agreement was signed between the Union government, the two-State governments and representatives of Bru-Reang refugees on 3rd July 2018 for providing aid to these families. Following this  328 families comprising of 1369 individuals returned to Mizoram under the pact.

 

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