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Assam and Meghalaya CM to meet on June
Correspondent Shillong, May 31
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Published on 1 Jun. 2010 1:06 AM IST
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: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma would meet his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi on June 5 to discuss the inter-state boundary dispute.
The wish of my government is to come up with a mutually acceptable solution on the border issue, Sangma told reporters here today. On Sunday, the Chief Minister said that he had spoken to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to update him of the latest development.
Stating that his governments priority is to solve the border issue with all sincerity, Dr Sangma said, My responsibility was to inform the Government of India in view of what is happening in Langpih. Four people were killed in the Assam police firing at Langpih on May 14. Langpih a disputed area between the two States is about 140 km from Shillong and 60 km from Assams capital Dispur.
On the fresh encroachment by Assam into Meghalayas territory in Jaintia Hills district, the Chief Minister said that the government has also suggested Assam government to facilitate a meeting between the district administrations of Jaintia Hills and Karbi Anglong to instill confidence among the people living in the border area and to get rid of the mistrust that have cropped up. He however stated that the Assam Government has vacated the sub health centre at Psiar village on the Meghalaya-Assam border.
Allegedly, the Assam Government had occupied a Sub Health Centre and a school runs under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) at Psiar village in Jaiñtia Hills district. Meanwhile, a Jaintia Hills-based Joint Action Committee of Social Organisations (JACSO) met the Chief Minister today to pressurize the State government to take necessary steps to ensure that indigenous people residing in the border are protected.
Following assurance of the government, the JACSO also announced suspension of their proposed agitation that they have announced to organize in Jaintia Hills district in view of the failure of the government to prevent Assam from encroaching into the States territory.
The JACSO also informed that its delegation would again visit the border areas to take stock of the situation.

 
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