In a historic step, Union Minister Amit Shah signs Bru agreement to end over two-decade old crisis

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jan 16, 2020, 07.13 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb described it as a 'historic' step.  Photograph:( ANI )

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The agreement was signed in the presence of Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and representatives of Bru refugees signed a historic agreement on Thursday to end the crisis of Bru refugees. The agreement has been signed to facilitate Brus refugees' settlement in Tripura. 

The agreement was signed in the presence of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Home Minister Amit Shah said that around 30,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura as per the agreement and that the central government has sanctioned Rs 600 crore package for the same.

"Bru refugees will get a 40 by 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit of Rs 4 lakhs, cash assistance of Rs 5,000 per month for 2 years and free ration," Shah announced. 

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The chief ministers of Tripura and Mizoram welcomed the move. 

"This will permanently solve the burning issue that has been going on for 25 years," said Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb described it as a "historic" step. 

"I want to thank the Prime Minister and Home Minister on the behalf of people of Tripura," Deb said.