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Meghalaya PCC seeks Sonia role on boundary issue
Shillong, Jul 18 (AGENCIES):
Published on 18 Jul. 2010 11:35 PM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma and PCC president Friday Lyngdoh met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and submitted a resolution of the state party leadership, seeking her intervention to solve the state’s boundary problem with Assam, among other problems, The Telegraph reported.
The meeting was part of the action plan to empower the party in Meghalaya in view of the 125th anniversary of the Congress.
The resolution on the inter-state boundary problems, among other issues, will be placed before the zonal committee meeting of the Congress in September to be held in Guwahati.
According to the resolution, there is an urgent need on the part of the Congress president and UPA government to amicably settle the vexed border problem between the two Congress-ruled states at the earliest. In May, the killing of two Khasi villagers in police firing at Langpih triggered tension in the areas along the inter-state boundary.
According to the Meghalaya PCC, the only way to restore trust and confidence among people of the two neighbouring states is through the UPA government’s intervention into the inter-state issues.
The state PCC regretted that the Northeast in general and Meghalaya in particular have not been able to reap full economic benefits from international trade with neighbouring nations like Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, owing to lack of basic infrastructure. It urged the UPA government for creation of better road and rail connectivity with areas rich in mineral resources, agri-horticulture produce and land customs stations in the state.
During the meeting with Sonia Gandhi, who is also the UPA chairperson, Sangma and Lyngdoh apprised her about the Meghalaya government’s plan to have an integrated programme to mitigate climate change.
The programme includes harnessing of optimum benefits from the river basins of the state and creation of water bodies through comprehensive water harvesting.
The programme also aims at water conservation for multifaceted use like micro-irrigation, standalone micro-hydel projects, promotion of agri-horticultural farming through micro-irrigation, generation of fish production units and creation of rural and eco-tourism.
According to the PCC, the programme envisages recharging of catchment areas.
The committee urged the UPA government for necessary support to the state government to implement the programme, which is aimed at total harnessing and conservation of vegetation and water.

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