Rijiju, in a written reply to a question by M Chandrakasi in the Lok Sabha, stated that the ministry is also extending financial as well as other logistical assistance to both the state governments of Mizoram and Tripura for their repatriation and resettlement.
Ethic tension between the Reang tribals and the Mizos in the state of Mizoram has been increasing and due to this rising tension, a total of 30000 Reang (Bru) people from Western Mizoram migrated to Tripura.
The Bru migrants are sheltered in the six relief camps set up in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions of North Tripura.
The repatriation and resettlement process started in November 2010 and till now about 1,622 Bru families (8,573 persons) have been repatriated and resettled in Mizoram. A Detailed Action Plan 2015-Road Map has been prepared by the state government for repatriation of all the remaining Bru families to the state.
The ministry has also released an approximate amount of Rs. 246 crore to the Tripura government since 1997-98 for the maintenance of Brus lodged in various relief camps and approximately Rs. 45 crore to the Mizoram government since 2004-05 for disbursement to Bru migrant families for their rehabilitation in its state.
Further, various confidence building measures have been undertaken to instill a sense of security and to remove apprehensions among Brus, for their early repatriation to Mizoram. The issue of their repatriation and rehabilitation is subjudice in the Supreme Court.