Agreement to settle Bru refugees in Tripura inked

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News:The Centre, the governments of Tripura and Mizoram and representatives of Bru tribe has signed a new agreement to settle the Bru refugees in Tripura.

Facts:

About Bru Refugees:

  • Bru or Reang is a community indigenous to Northeast India living mostly across Assam, Mizoram and Tripura.In Tripura, they are recognised as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group.
  • Brus speak the Reang dialect of Bru language which is Tibeto Burmese origin and is locally referred to as Kau Bru.
  • The Hojagiri folk dance of Reang sub tribe is well known all over the world.The most popular festival of reang tribes is Buisu.

About the conflict:

  • In Mizoram,the Bru community have been targeted by the groups that do not consider them indigenous to the state. 
  • In 1997,following ethic clashes, Brus fled from Mizoram and were accommodated in relief camps in Tripura.Since then,thousands of Bru refugees are living in the six relief camps in North Tripura.

About the agreement:

  • According to the agreement, the Bru tribals will now be settled in the state of Tripura.
  • The Centre has also sanctioned  600-crore rupee package for the rehabilitation of the people from this community.
  • The Bru refugees will also get a 40 x 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of four lakh rupees, cash assistance of  five thousand rupees per month for two years and free ration.