15 August 2012

Displaced Reang Tribes

About 5000 Bru (Reang) families were displaced from Mizoram to Tripura during 1997-98 due to ethnic violence in Mizoram. Approximately 800 Bru (Reang) families have since been repatriated to Mizoram. 
Union Home Minister visited Mizoram on 4th – 5th April, 2012 to review the Bru repatriation. As a sequel to the Home Minister’s visit, Government of Mizoram prepared 4th Phase of movement plan for repatriation of about 669 Bru (Reang) families in April/May, 2012. However, due to resistance and misinformation
campaign by a section of Bru leaders, only 7 Bru families could be repatriated. Further, this Ministry has released grants-in-aid of Rs. 7.87 crore in June, 2012 to facilitate repatriation / rehabilitation efforts of the Government of Mizoram. 
This Ministry is constantly following up with the State Governments of Mizoram and Tripura to prepare a fresh movement plan for early repatriation of the remaining Bru refugees from Tripura to Mizoram. 
This was stated by Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today

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