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No proposal for Garo council: HDR Lyngdoh
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 7:
Published on 8 Jun. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh Monday said there is no proposal for creation of Garoland Territorial Council (GTC) as demanded by the banned A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC).
The banned militant group, fighting for creation of Garoland Autonomous Council, had entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state government July 23, 2004.
The rebel group operating in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region. The outfit has scaled down its demand for creation of separate Garoland State to Garoland Autonomous Council in line with the Bodoland Territorial Council. “There is no proposal for creation of Garoland Territorial council,” Lyngdoh told legislators at the Assembly in reply to a query raised by leader of opposition Conrad K Sangma.
When IANS contacted, ANVC spokesman Arist Sangma said, “Since the minister is new in office and may be he is not aware of our demands.” Sangma said the proposed autonomous council will be in line with that of Bodoland Territorial Council and will get direct funding from the Centre. The council will also have executive, administrative and financial powers with respect to subjects transferred to it, he said.
Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief PC Haldar, who is centre’s chief negotiator with the ANVC, met Chief Minister Mukul Sangma recently and discussed the demand of the ANVC. “We have not reached any concrete decisions on the demand of the ANVC, but talks are on for a solution,” Haldar said.
Chief Minister Sangma had expressed hoped that a solution would be soon found for a settlement with the ANVC, a powerful rebel group in the state to ensure lasting peace in Garo Hills.
“We are examining into the demands of the ANVC, and we are hoping for an early settlement on their demands,” Sangma said.
On Mar 16, Haldar had initiated the political dialogue with ANVC over their demand.
Another outlawed outfit, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), has been demanding a sovereign Khasi homeland in Meghalaya.
According to the Meghalaya police officials, the HNLC is closely linked to the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) and the National Liberation Front of Tripura.

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