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Cong urges Meghalaya govt to be ‘serious’ on land disputes with Assam

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2021 1:39:16 PM IST

Meghalaya’s opposition Congress on Wednesday said that disputes in new areas along the Meghalaya-Assam boundary is a “dangerous trend” and urged the National People’s Par-ty (NPP)-led government to be “serious enough” in dealing with this inter-state dispute.    

“Now what we are seeing is there are new places where the dispute has started even in the areas not considered to be areas of difference. It is a very dangerous trend,” Congress spokesperson, Zenith M. Sangma said.   

Referring to the “give and take policy” to resolve the boundary issue, the senior Congress legislator said, “There are many modalities to be adopted. In the past, there were many engagements and meetings in the Chief Ministerial and Chief Secretary levels and also between the Deputy Commis-sioners and the present government should follow up on these.”

“Many meetings and engagements were held during the Congress regime and lots of things have happened,” Sangma added.  

On the upcoming talks between the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sangma, the senior Congress legislator felt that though it is not going to solve issues pertaining to the boundary dispute, there should be continuous engagement between the two to address the issues pertaining to the inter-state boundary dispute.  

Both the Chief Ministers Himanta Biswa Sangma and Corad Sangma are scheduled to meet in Shillong on July 23 to chalk out a way forward to resolve the vexed boundary dispute.   

The Congress legislator said that the boundary dispute is “very sensitive and contentious”, and therefore tackling these kinds of issues should be with the involvement of all the stakeholders and all political parties.   

In the past, Meghalaya has submitted documents and maps on its claim to the 12 sectors/areas of Upper Tarabari, Gizang Reserve Forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Non-gwah-Matamur, Khanapara-Pillangkata, Deshdemoreah, Block I and Block II, Khanduli-Psiar and Ratacherra.    

The total area of difference is 2,765.14 square km, of which Blocks I and II cover 1,583.42 square km.  

The Meghalaya Assembly had in March 2011 passed a resolution to urge the central government to constitute a Boundary Commission to re-examine and redefine the inter-state boundary between the two states. 

The Assam assembly adopted another resolution negating the Meghalaya resolution.

 

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