Tripura’s electoral department has called on Bru refugees residing in relief camps in the state to go to resettlement villages and have their names entered on the electoral rolls during the special voter rollover, an official said Thursday.
The special electoral roll review that has already started is expected to be completed by December 8 to pave the way for the publication of the final electoral rolls for all 60 parts of the Assembly.
Parliamentary elections in Tripura are scheduled for early next year.
Chief Minister Manik Saha and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma held a special review meeting on the progress of Bru resettlement on Wednesday, where the CM urged the Bru leaders to go to the designated resettlement village to get the benefits.
“The Prime Minister has categorically appealed to the Bru leaders to ensure that all remaining Bru refugees who are still in relief camps settle in 12 designated sites designated by the state,” the officer said quoting Saha. .
Saha said the government is ready to provide all possible assistance to Bru refugees once they move to the new places under the landmark agreement signed in January 2020.
The Elections Department aims to register as many as 20,000 Bru voters from approximately 6,300 families. “A total of 7,165 Bru names have already been registered in Tripura, while the rest are expected to be registered in the state electoral rolls during the special summary review,” Subhasish Bandhopadyay, additional chief election officer, told PTI.
“We urged the Bru leaders present at the meeting to go to the designated resettlement villages and register their names during the ongoing voter roll review. If they don’t, they will be disenfranchised in the 2023 parliamentary elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has rejected the proposal to establish resettlement villages for Bru refugees sheltered in Kanchanpur sub-division. However, they will be rehabilitated in new locations – Gomati and South Tripura district.
“All Bru refugees who have been accommodated in four relief camps in Kanchanpur in North Tripura district will move to new locations by November 30, otherwise their ration will be stopped from December 1, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Kanchanpur said .
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