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Sangma announces funds for border areas
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 1:
Published on 1 Jun. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma today announced Meghalaya’s inter-state boundary areas would be allotted developmental funds chunked from every department.
Replying to discussions on a motion, Sangma said that the government has planned for the next five odd years a percentage of funds from every department would be earmarked to develop inter-state boundary areas.
Informing the House on his recent visit to Langpih after the firing incident, the Chief Minister said, people in these areas were living in a “wretched condition,” due to years of neglect.
“Enough is enough…we have decided that a percentage of fund from every department would be allotted towards development of these inter-state boundary areas for the next five odd years,” Sangma said.
“We have already floated tender for construction of an all-weather road connecting Langpih and earmarked funds for Psiar area in the Jaintia Hills,” he said.
He also advocated for convergence of various departments for implementing development programmes along the state’s border with Assam.
Blaming political parties and leaders for their failure to properly explore ways to resolve the inter-state boundary dispute, Sangma said, the dispute can no longer be heaped on the future generation.
Meghalaya has 12 areas of dispute with Assam. Sangma and his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi are likely to meet in Guwahati on Saturday to find ways to resolve these disputes.
Meghalaya, meanwhile, has already initiated process to develop an all weather road to Langpih. And with today’s announcement areas in West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills bordering Assam would probably see more developmental activities after 38 years of statehood.
Earlier, opposition leader from the Nationalist Congress Party, Conrad Sangma moving the motion said, the state must have a separate department to address boundary issues.
He favoured the creation of two battalions to guard the inter-state boundary, in lines with the Border Security Force.
The opposition leader also pointed out that roads and other basic facilities are not available in Langpih and other inter-state boundary areas with Assam and therefore the government needs to do more for the people of these areas.

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