Regional committee for East Jaintia Hills to submit report on inter-state border dispute on Dec 15
Optimistic that the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam issue will be resolved, home minister Lahkmen Rymbui emphasised that both the state governments are eager to work together to find a lasting resolution.
Urban affairs minister and head of the regional committee for East Jaintia Hills, Sniawbhalang Dhar, has sought an extension of time for submitting its report on the inter-state border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam to chief minister Conrad K Sangma.
“We have asked for an extension of time till December 15 for submitting our report to the chief minister," home minister Lahkmen Rymbui said.
Because of the ongoing border dispute issue between the two states, both committees also conducted a joint inspection to Ratacherra, one of the six areas of difference, on October 9.
"Considering it is an area of difference, representatives from Assam and the district administration of Cachar have requested for a map of areas proposed to be in Meghalaya. This will help them for land verification when both sides visit the place to reach a decision," he added.
Stating that claims and counterclaims cannot be avoided, the home minister said that Ratacherra has, since times immemorial, been a part of Meghalaya. Yet the map of the Assam government and its forest department claims otherwise.
Optimistic that the border dispute issue will be resolved, Rymbui emphasised that both the state governments are eager to work together to find a resolution.
Both the committees will meet soon, following which the report will be submitted on December 15, 2021, said the home minister.
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