RESETTLEMENT OF BRUS IN TRIPURA FACES NGT HURDLE
Northeast Today|June 2021
Resolving the 24-year old ethnic crisis of the Bru (or Reang) refugees by the Centre has brought a smile to the faces of over 30,000 people from the community.
Abhijit Nath

A scheme of Rs 1,200 crore has been rolled out by the Centre to rehabilitate 36,140 Bru refugees in 13 locations in five districts of Tripura. It was also decided under the scheme that each resettled family will get an estimated 0.03 acres of land for building a home, Rs 1.5 lakh as housing assistance, and Rs 4 lakh as a one-time cash benefit for sustenance, a monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 and free rations for two years from the date of resettlement. However, a cloud of uncertainty is hovering over the proposed rehabilitation plans and it has faced opposition from several quarters for various reasons. The latest group to join the list the protestors are the environmental lovers of the state and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) no doubt has been a stumbling block for the government in expediting the rehabilitation process.

Dhanishwar Debnath, a resident of the Kanchanpur area in the North Tripura district and the general secretary of Joy Hind Club, recently lodged a complaint with the National Green Tribunal against the government’s plan of rehabilitating the Bru refugees within the forest areas. He said that this violated Section 2 of The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. NGT accepted the complaint on June 9, 2021.

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