AGARTALA, March 18 - The 21-year-old Reang refugee problem refuses to die down with refugee leaders under the banner of MBDPF declining to repatriate to their homeland with �a small amount of assistance� offered by Centre.
After a tripartite meeting here on Saturday, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) emissary Mahesh Kumar Singla went to Kanchanpur to hold meeting with refugee leaders as part of follow-up action. However, refugee leaders even declined to meet Singla as the Central Government�s package is too little according to their demand.
Finding no other alternative, Singla held meeting with officials and stayed back for a day to know the ground realities.
�We are ready to return home but the rehabilitation package that has been offered to us is far from our expectation. We have placed our demands before the Central Government team but these were not accepted. That�s why we are not going to Mizoram to endanger our life and livelihood�, said Bruno Mshe, general secretary of MBDPF on Sunday over telephone from Kanchanpur.
To break the ice, Centre has already declared a rehabilitation package of Rs 147 crore for Bur families sheltered in six relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivision.
With refugee leaders raising their demands, the effort to solve the vexed refugee problem has suffered a jolt once again.