Thursday, February 2, 2023

‘Govt ‘committed’ to resolve Meghalaya-Assam boundary dispute’

Correspondent

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday said that his government was ‘committed’ to resolve the boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam to usher in peace and development of the citizens living along the inter-state boundary between the two neighbouring states.
“Towards this goal and with firm resolve to end this dispute, the chief ministers of both the states have had several meetings in the last six months wherein it was decided to first take up six of the 12 areas of difference – Tarabari, Gizang, Hahin, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillangkata and Ratacherra,” the governor said in the course of his address in the State legislative assembly on the first day of the budget session on Friday.
“Both the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya met the Union home minister on 20th January, 2022 in New Delhi. Furthermore, a memorandum of understanding was signed by both the chief ministers on 29th January, 2022 in Guwahati, which has been sent to the ministry of home affairs for further examination,” the Governor elaborated.
“The Regional Committees headed by cabinet ministers have made field visits and joint inspections for these six areas with their counterpart Regional Committees from Assam. They also consulted with the people living in the villages, the traditional heads, district councils and all other stakeholders,” he told the house.
The governor iterated that the government was “confident and hopeful” that the boundary issue in the six areas of difference will be resolved soon.
Malik said that the department of border areas development had undertaken several welfare measures and was implementing the Inter-State Border Areas Development Programme to supplement the schemes implemented by other departments in both international and inter-state border villages, adding that various schemes had been and are being implemented under these programmes.
“All schemes are implemented in a focused manner, reflecting the priorities of the people who are deprived of market access for their products. Further, the schemes of scholarship and stipends for the students living in international border villages and pursuing education within and outside the state are being implemented,” the governor said.

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