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Meghalaya to move Centre for boundary commission
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 16:
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Published on 17 Mar. 2011 12:45 AM IST
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The Meghalaya assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution to move the centre to constitute a boundary commission to re-examine the redefine the inter-state boundary between Meghalaya and Assam.
The resolution moved by Revenue Minister Prof. R.C. Laloo said that over the years, there have been a series of meetings between the two states, both at the political and administrative levels with a view to reach an amicable solution to the protracted problem.
However, despite sincere attempts, a long term solution has not emerged so far, the resolution said.
Meghalaya became an autonomous state in 1971 and a full-fledged state on the 21 January, 1972. Since then, the Inter-State Boundary as defined under the North Eastern Areas (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971 has been a point of difference between the states of Meghalaya and Assam.
The resolution said the ongoing issue has caused immense hardship and economic dislocation to the people living in border areas including loss of life, impacted adversely on the implementation of schemes in these areas.
It also resulted in deterioration of inter-community relations between the people residing along the border and such others, the resolution added. Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.
“Long pending problem involves issues of interpretation of the constitutional provisions , historical links of the communities living in these areas, their ethnic roots, linguistic affiliations, present preferences, administrative convenience, and other inter-related aspects, on account of which there are inherent difficulties in evolving a bilateral consensus,” the resolution said.
Meanwhile, the state assembly has also unanimously adopted a resolution to move the centre on the need to extend the provisions of anti-defection law to the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the state.
Moving the resolution, deputy chief minister for law Bindo M. Lanong stressed on the need to extend the provisions of the tenth schedule of the Constitution to the three Autonomous District Councils – Khasi Hills ADC, Jaintia Hills ADC and Garo Hills ADC- to prevent defection of members from one party to another.
Pointing out that members of the autonomous councils under the sixth schedule of the Constitution of India are duly elected by the people but provisions of the tenth schedule did not apply to them, Lanong said the councils have been going through frequent toppling incidents leading to switching of allegiance by members from one party to another.
He added that this caused instability and destabilization in administration.

 
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