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Go back to Mizoram or face consequences: Central Govt to displaced Brus

Aizwal, September 12: Setting a deadline for shifting of the destitute Bru tribes who had been living in relief camps of Tripura, the Central Government on Monday had said that they would withdraw assistance to their relief camps in Tripura if they did not return to Mizoram by October 1.

Ministry of Home Affairs’ Joint Secretary (North East) Satyendra Garg in a meeting held in Mizoram capital Aizwal said the Bru leaders in the relief camps would identify those who want to be repatriated and submit the names to the Centre and the Mizoram government.

The meeting was attended by the state home department,  police and the centre, while leaders of the civil societies and representatives from the relief camps were also present.

The Bru refugees in the Tripura relief camps presently receive free ration and subsistence allowance of Rs 5 per day per person from the Centre.

The transportation cost for the repatriated families would be borne by the Mizoram government but no state government official would be deployed in the relief camps, as was done earlier, to oversee the process, a senior state home department official who attended the meeting said.

The meeting was convened in the backdrop of a tepid response to the ongoing repatriation process of the Bru refugees from August 25 to September 25 in which only three families returned to Mizoram so far, the official said.

~Time8

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