After a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday, Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha said Shah has agreed to extend the permanent resettlement programme. While no specific deadline has been fixed, the move came days after the August 31 deadline could not be met.
Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the implementation of the Bru agreement with Chief Minister Tripura Manik Saha in New Delhi on September 20.
Two decades after they escaped ethnic violence in Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts of Mizoram, 32,000 Bru migrants are now being permanently resettled in Tripura, courtesy an agreement signed by the Union government, governments of Tripura and Mizoram and the Bru migrants in January 2020.
These migrants, who fled their homes in Mizoram in 1997 following an ethnic tension, are the largest group of people to have survived protracted displacement in the region.
Speaking to the media, the Chief Minister said, his government is resettling Mizoram’s Bru migrants in Tripura in a decent manner and the extension was sought because a few migrants are still unaccounted for in government records.