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Areas identified in Tripura for settlement of Bru refugees

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 5 - Amid growing resentment over settlement of Bru refugees in Tripura, the State Government has finally begun their rehabilitation process.

Brus migrated to the State about 23 years ago following ethnic clashes in neighbouring Mizoram.

District Magistrates (DMs) of all districts have already identified as many as 18 places for rehabilitation of 4,874 Bru families. The Government will now examine the places identified by the DMs before the actual rehabilitation begins. At the most, 300 Bru families could be rehabilitated in a particular place.

Speaking to reporters at the Civil Secretariat, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said that out of a total of 4,874 Reang families, 250 to 300 families have no official documents. The Government will issue relevant documents to them after proper scrutiny.

As per the rehabilitation package, each Bru family will get a fixed deposit of Rs 4 lakh, Rs 1.50 lakh for construction of houses, a financial assistance of Rs 5,000 per month and free rations for two years. Besides, they will get all benefits of the Central Government schemes.

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