Distribution of birth certificates to Bru children begins

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Jan 12, 2017 : In yet another ground work for pushing repatriation of Bru refugees to their homeland, the local administration has started issuing birth certificates to those children who were born in six relief camps of North district.

Due to various reasons, children who were born in relief camps since 2008 were not given birth certificate, a key document for getting citizenship of the country.

Following instruction from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the subdivisional magistrates, Kanchanpur and Panisagar have initiated process to issue birth certificate to the ‘newly born children’.

“Altogether 4985 children are supposed to get birth certificates as identified by teams of Mizoram government in November last”, said an official of Kanchanpur SDM office.

When contacted, SDM Santosh Deb on Thursday told, “A detailed report on identification of Bru refugees has been submitted before the Centre. We don’t have any report of commencing of refugee repatriation”.

He said distribution of birth certificates would be carried out in January as per the decision taken by the district administration.

Currently, 32,000 bonafide Bru refugees have been identified by the Mizoram government teams and they are eligible to be repatriated to their homeland. After issuing of birth certificate to new comers, the number of bonafie Bru refugees could be increased to 37,000.

It means around 5000 new comers who were born in the refugee camps after 2008 are denied of receiving ration and other facilities from the Centre. Now, their names will be included in the beneficiaries list.

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