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Meghalaya govt examining ANVC’s demand
Published on 30 Nov. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma Monday said his government is examining Achik National Volunteer Council’s (ANVC) demand for creating a Garo Hills Territorial Council in western part of the state.
“The government will come out clear on the stand of the government after examining their (ANVC) demands,” Sangma told the assembly during the question hour. The ANVC, a powerful rebel group operating in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region is currently engaged in a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state governments since July 23, 2004 to facilitate the ongoing dialogue.
On March 16, the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief PC Haldar had initiated the political negotiations with ANVC, to ensure lasting peace in the Garo Hills. Sangma also informed the assembly that the rebel group had scaled down their statehood for Garos to that of Garo Hills Territorial Council in line with the Bodo Territorial Council of Assam. He said the ANVC had submitted a representation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on their demand. Earlier, Chief Secretary W.M.S. Pariat had said that the state government would submit its views and comments on the ANVC’s demand to the centre within three months, but made it clear that the creation of the autonomous council mainly lies with the central government as it needed a constitutional amendment.

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