Agartala: The Central government has decided to stop free supply of ration to over 35 thousand Reang refugees who came from Mizoram 22 years ago and residing in six camps in Kanchanpur and Pani Sagar sub-divisions of North Tripura district.
Abhedananda Baidya, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kanchanpur admitted that they have received instructions from central government to discontinue free ration to the refugee camps w.e.f January 15 and the administration is also preparing to withdraw its ration distribution office from January 16.
The distribution of free relief was stopped first time from November 1 after the reang refugees refused to return to their ancestral home at Mizoram following a four corner agreement. Apart from the refugee representatives, other signatories in the agreement were the governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the union home ministry.
The decision of the reang refugees surprised many as the agreement has offered a lucrative rehabilitation package but the refugees remained adamant forcing the central government to take a tough stand.
After three weeks on November 22 the education minister of Tripura Ratan Lal Nath visited the camps and announced the resumption of free ration on ‘humanitarian’ ground.
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