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Money disbursed to 173 Bru families

 AIZAWL, Aug 25 – Mizoram Government has disbursed money under rehabilitation and resettlement package to all the 173 Bru families who returned to Mizoram from six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura during June 17 to 21 last year.

 State Home department officials today said that Rs 80,000 was disbursed to each family for rehabilitation and resettlement expenses while free ration would be given for a year.

The officials said that repatriated Bru families were resettled in 24 different villages in Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district after being verified as bonafide residents of Mizoram.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Bru families, who refused to return to Mizoram, stayed behind in the relief camps. A Sawibung, president of Mizoram Bru Displaced People said that Bru people, did not want to return to Mizoram unless their demands were met.

The MBDPF has been demanding, among other things that the rehabilitation and resettlement package should be increased from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh per family and that the free ration to be provided to the repatriated families should be extended from one year to two years. – PTI

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