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Road map for Bru repatriation submitted

By The Assam Tribune

AIZAWL, March 29 � The Mizoram Government has submitted a road map for the repatriation of Bru refugees from Tripura which the Ministry of Home Affairs has accepted in principle, Home Minister R Lalzirliana said today.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, though accepting the road map in principle is yet to sanction the Rs 85.27 crore proposed for expenses of the repatriation process, Lalzirliana told the Assembly.

He said that due to some problems arising out of the demands of the Bru organisations, the dateline for repatriation could not be determined till date.

�The demands of the representatives of the Bru community included their return to two districts, formation of large Bru villages, protection by Central security forces and special projects,� he said.

He said that resettlement of Brus in large villages after repatriation was not feasible as there would not be sufficient land for jhum cultivation.

�We formulated plans to begin the repatriation process from November last year, but the process was derailed by the murder of a Mizo youth by suspected Bru rebels just before the repatriation began,� he said. � PTI

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