Two regional committees on border submits report to government

Shillong, Dec 8: Two of the regional committees constituted by the Meghalaya government to study the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam submitted their reports to the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Wednesday.

The two committees are from West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi district. The West Khasi Hills committee was headed by Public Health Engineering Minister, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar, while the Ri-Bhoi committee was headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.

The committees have been mandated to look into historical facts, ethnicity, people’s perceptions, administrative convenience, and contiguity. Moreover historical facts and maps would also be used.

Both Assam and Meghalaya have decided to resolve the boundary dispute in 12 areas. However at this point of time the two state governments have decided to only take up six, out of the twelve areas for resolution.

These areas are Tarabari, Hahim, Pilangkata, Khanapara, Ratacheera and Gijang.

The Assam government too has set up similar regional committees and is likely to submit their report soon. After the reports are studied both the state government would be meeting to take a decision.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, told reporters that after studying the reports submitted by the two regional committees, a meeting would be held with all the stakeholders.

“We want to do it quickly because we want to meet the stakeholders after this and we also want to have a meeting with my Assam counterpart after that,” the Chief Minister said.

Thanking the committee members for prompt submission of the reports, Sangma informed that they had visited interior areas along the inter-state boundary to carry out their survey and interact with the local people.

“I think never in the history of the state such kind of an exercise has been conducted so it is a very great and laudable work that they have done,” the chief minister complimented and mentioned that a “lot of hard work” had gone into the exercise.

“We will definitely do justice to it by going through it in detail and as I said, further discussing with other stakeholders and taking their opinions within the state and at the earliest meet the Assam counterparts and try to take this forward to the logical conclusion,” Sangma underscored.

Meghalaya and Assam have at least 12 areas of dispute along the inter-state boundary, even as the chief ministers of the two neighbouring states had recently undertaken a joint visit of some of the areas and resolved to arrive at amicable solution to the vexed issued in a time-bound manner at the earliest.

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