Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said that the Mizoram government is ready to carry out repatriation of Bru families lodged at relief camps in Tripura any time. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Saturday, the Mizoram Home Minister said that the state government has completed all formalities which were supposed to be done in connection with the repatriation process.
“Formal decision would be taken on repatriation and accordingly dates will be fixed to begin the process as soon as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approves proposal for the proposed financial expenditure,” Lalzirliana said. He also said that the repatriated Bru families would be re-settled in 51 villages in Mamit district,10 in Kolasib district and 4 villages in Lunglei district.
Mizoram officials who conducted the identification in the Tripura relief camps during November 2 to November 23, 2016, had identified 32,857 people hailing from 5,413 families for physical repatriation. It can be noted here that the physical repatriation has been put on hold as the Supreme Court directed both the MHA and Mizoram government not to go ahead with the repatriation process following the 20 points demands raised by Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), an apex body of displaced Bru people staying in six refugee camps in Tripura.
The Bru body appealed to the Apex court to intervene in the repatriation process so that their demands are fulfilled. The Mizoram Home Minister said that the Supreme Court on March 28, 2017 clarified a status-quo on Bru repatriation that such of the Bru families, as were displaced to Tripura, who desire to return to Mizoram voluntarily, shall be allowed to do so on their own volition and volition and, as such, all the Bru families who desire to return to Mizoram will be provided with the necessary pre-requisites, as are extended to other Bru families, who were rehabilitated to Mizoram.
-Newmai News Network