Under pressure from the MBDPCC and the refugee population, the MPDPF withdrew from the agreement on 16 July, 13 days after it was signed. The presidents of the Brussels Displacement Forum (MBDPF), who signed the agreement in July this year, were forced to withdraw from the agreement within two weeks of its signing, as the Community of La Bru protested in Tripura against certain conditions of the agreement. The EU`s Ministry of the Interior has agreed to relax the conditions set out in the “four-angle” agreement signed with Bru migrants for their repatriation from Tripura to Mizoram. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah with Tripura`s Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb (right) and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga (left) at the signing of an agreement on the permanent installation of 40,000 displaced burning tribes in Tripura, New Delhi, on January 16, 2020. | Photo credit: PTI In addition to financial assistance, the four-corner agreement also provides a free ration for two years and monthly assistance of Rs 5,000 for each family. Identity documents such as ration cards and Aad hairs would be issued by the government would triple. Other measures being considered for the relocation of these families to Mizoram include Eklavya residential schools, Denin cultivation grounds, permanent housing and st certificates and a specific development project. Under the agreement, the mizoram government would ensure the safety of all repatriated refugees identified and screened in accordance with Mizoram`s electoral lists in 1997. The electoral commission has already ordered the state to issue photographic voter cards to Bru migrants in Mizoram, officials said. Each of the 5,407 Bru families who moved from Tripura to Mizoram should receive a one-time financial assistance of 4 lakhs, which should be kept as a pledge on behalf of the head of the family.
However, according to the original agreement, cash assistance was to be granted only after three years of uninterrupted residence in Mizoram. “Due to ethnic tensions in Mizoram, about 34,000 people had to live in tents in Tripura under human conditions. During all these years, no solution could be found. In 2018, an agreement was signed and a package was sanctioned, but many people did not want to return to Mizoram. Only 328 families returned. Negotiations were restarted following the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Displaced people are permanently settled in Tripura,” Herr said.