The central rehabilitation package granted to Bru migrants living in Tripura in 1998 currently allows Rs 5 per day to each adult migrant, Rs 2.5 to each minor, 600 gram rice to each adult on a daily basis, three soaps in a year, one pair of slippers every year and a mosquito net in every three years.
“I have received an instruction from MHA to resume ration supplies to the Bru IDP camps from today. The supplies will continue till January 15, 2019. There is no further instruction”, the Kanchanpur SDM said.
Bijoy Bru, another inmate at Naisao, said there is no arrangement of even toilets in the camp. People still choose the jungles as lavatories and risk worm infections, snake bites and other health hazards.
About 32,000 people of the Bru communities fled Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts of Mizoram during ethnic clashes in October 1997. They were sheltered in six relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions of North Tripura district.
“Assistance to the camps have been stopped from October 1. Adequate steps, including deployment of security forces, have been taken to prevent any law and order situation,” Raval Hamendra Kumar, District Magistrate and Collector of North Tripura, said.
Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Coordination Committee (MBDPCC) president L Laldinliana said the refugee body was contemplating to write to President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and NHRC for respite.