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Bru-Reang refugees

Posted on : 22 Jan 2020

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  • Prime Minister has welcomed the agreement to permanently settle the Bru-Reang refugees in Tripura saying it will greatly help them.
  • Union Government yesterday signed an agreement with stakeholders from the State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community bringing an end to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis.
  • As per the agreement, over 30 thousand Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura.
  • Bru refugees will 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.
  • Bru tribals from Mizoram have been living as refugees in Tripura since 1997. An agreement was signed in 2018 for repatriation of the Bru tribals to Mizoram which did not materialize as majority of the community members refused to go back.
  • The Brus--spread across Tripura, Mizoram and parts of southern Assam--are the most populous tribe in Tripura. Also known as Reangs in the state, they are ethnically different from the Mizos, with their own distinct language and dialect and form one of the 21 scheduled tribes of Tripura.
  • In 1997, roughly half the Bru population fled to Tripura, following violent clashes with the Mizo population, which led to the Brus’ demand for an Autonomous District Council (ADC), under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution, in western Mizoram, where they were the more dominant lot, outnumbering the ethnic Mizo population.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Bru-Reang refugees
    1.Bru tribals are from Meghalaya
    2.They have been living as refugees in Tripura.
    3.Reangs have their own distinct language and dialect.
    Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 2 and 3 only

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