The 8th Batch of Bru Repatriation and Rehabilitation commenced for Lunglei District today with the 1st Phase repatriation team departing for Mamit District from the DC Office premises at 6:30 am.

The team consists of four Liaison Officers for each of the four Relief Camps - Pu Zonunsanga Colney (Hazacherra), Pu Lalthanmawia (Naisingpara), Pu Z. Lalthanliana (Khakchangpara), Pu Lalhriattira Fanai (Hamsapara). The Liaison Officers, all Assistant Professors from Lunglei Government College were selected after due deliberation and careful consideration, given the complexity and sensitivity of the exercise. They are accompanied by 10 Supporting Staff and 4 security personnel drawn from the MRP and 2nd Battalion MAP.  The team will be joined in Aizawl by Lunglei Sub Deputy Commissioner i/c Bru Repatration Pu Lalthakima Chhangte who had left in advance to oversee the on ground preparations at the Relief Camps. Dy SP (Hqrs) Lunglei Pu J. Rokima, who has been tasked with overseeing the entire security and safety arrangements, will also join the Lunglei team at Mamit. 19 Aizawl City buses have been chartered to carry out the 1st phase of repatriation exercise for Lunglei District. The entire Lunglei District team including officials, drivers, conductors etc consists of 71 persons.

A short function was held at the Lunglei DC Office Complex at 6:00 am today to see off the team after a final briefing session. Lunglei DC Pi K. Lalrinzuali, SP Pu C. Lalthanmawia, CMO Dr Thani Pachuau, Lunglei Sub Hqrs YMA President Pu Lalrotluanga and other officials were in attendance. Reverend K Zonunsanga blessed the gathering with a Bible verse reading and prayer.

Speaking at this function, Lunglei DC Pi K. Lalrinzuali once again stressed on the seriousness and extreme importance of the exercise, and reminded the gathering to ensure no shortfall at any stage from any quarters on the tasks assigned to the District Administration by the Home Department. Given the sensitivity of the exercise, she appealed to the team to be ever vigilant and alert; and send in regular reports to the concerned officials in the District headquarter. She also appealed to the team to deal with the Bru families with kindness, patience and understanding.

2051 Brus belonging to 364 families, presently residing in 4 Relief Camps – Hazacherra, Naisingpara, Khakchangpara and Hamsapara have been identified and willing to be repatriated in 4 villages Lunglei District. Movement Plan for Bru Repatriation to Lunglei District is scheduled to be carried out in 5 batches, with the first Batch moving from the relief camps on 3rd October, 2019.

For the current 1st Batch repatriation, 408 Brus belonging to 65 families have been identified for repatriation. As per the plan, they would depart from the Relief Camps on 03/10/2019 (Thursday), spend the night at Luangpawl, Mamit District after which they would travel towards Aizawl District spending the 04/10/2019 (Friday) night at PTC Lungverh, Aizawl District. Leaving Aizawl District the next day 05/10/2019 (Saturday), they would head south towards Lunglei District, again spending the night at Luangmual 2nd Battalion MAP Hqrs, Lunglei District. The repatriation exercise would finally end on the 4th day with the Bru families reaching their respective temporary shelters by the afternoon of 6th October, 2019 (Sunday). Even though Lunglei District has fewer Bru families to repatriate compared to the other two Districts – Mamit and Kolasib, the repatriation exercise for Lunglei is quite challenging due to the long distance involved. In light of this, the repatriation has been stretched out to four days to ensure a comfortable and stress free journey for the families. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Lunglei and team would also be setting up a Mobile Medical Unit at Luangmual 2nd Battalion MAP Hqrs and the temporary shelters.~DIPR

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