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Acche din promise to Reang refugees

Agartala, Aug. 25: Tripura governor Padmanava Balkrishna Acharya yesterday visited two Reang refugee camps in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura and promised achhe din for the camp inmates, raising the hackles of the ruling CPM.

Last week, the governor’s helicopter had made an emergency landing at remote Bairagipara senior basic school field in Khowai subdivision. The governor, accompanied by his wife, partook of the midday meal being taken by students and accepted a memorandum from the students and guardians highlighting their grievances. He had then interacted with the media in Raj Bhavan and dwelt on the Naga insurgency problem and its possible solution. Yesterday, Acharya visited the remote Naisingpara and Ashabari refugee camps.

Addressing the inmates of Naisingpara refugee camp, the governor said ek acche sarkar kendra mein aye hain, ap logoke liye bhi achhe din anewale hain. Both in the Naisingpara and Ashabari refugee camps, Acharya was apprised of the problems faced by the inmates in matters of drinking water, sanitation and schooling of children.

The president of Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum, Bruno Mesha, told the governor that Lord Ram was sent to a 14-year exile but they have been refugees for 17 years since 1997.

Forum secretary A. Swaibuanga also spoke of the problems faced by refugees in all the camps. The governor, who was given a warm reception by the camp inmates at Naisingpara, assured the forum leaders and the refugees that “good days will soon come for them”.

The ruling CPM did not comment on the governor’s visit to the refugee camps.

A seven-member delegation of the Centre, headed by additional secretary of Union home ministry Rajiv Gauba and comprising HRD officials, Tripura government officials and representatives of three NGOs from New Delhi, Bengal and Assam, arrived here this morning to take stock of the situation in the six Reang refugee camps.

The delegation will head for Kanchanapur subdivision tomorrow where the camps are located.

Speaking on the issue, secretary of the relief and rehabilitation department of the state government, Swapan Saha, said the committee had been constituted by the Centre in compliance with a Tripura High Court order on a PIL filed on June 24 by a lawyer on the miserable condition and sufferings of Reang refugees.

This committee will prepare a detailed report on the condition of the camps and Reang refugees and submit it to the high court on September 12.


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