Shillong: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Wednesday submitted a letter to the Meghalaya chief secretary requesting the government to reconstitute a consultative committee on the Assam-Meghalaya border dispute.

HSPDP, an ally in the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, has urged that the committee must include important stakeholders involved in the issue.

“The committee must compile a detailed and comprehensive report on the 12 areas of differences and give suggestions to the government, whatever necessary, according to its findings,” said HSPDP president KP Pangniang.

The regional party also suggested to find a common approach and an acceptable solution to the long-standing issue.

“We also suggest that the committee needs to submit or give recommendation to the government with regards to the matter within a stipulated time period,” added Pangniang.

Meanwhile, the party also enclosed a letter which was submitted on September 3, 2019 seeking an update on the amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

“Our party in 2019 had submitted a letter to the state government demanding GOI to amend para 12 A Clause B of Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. We requested that the amendment should insert the word Governor replacing the word President,” mentioned Pangniang.

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Concerning the ‘give and take’ policy, Pangniang said it is one of the best policies. “Another policy is seeking public opinion, and this long-pending issue can be resolved once and for all,” he said.

Chief minister Conrad K Sangma had recently said that an informal discussion was carried out with his counterpart in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, concerning the boundary issue.

According to reports, even Union home minister Amit Shah has been asking Meghalaya and Assam governments to move forward and resolve the matter.

Sangma also emphasised that there was no simple solution to the vexed issue and stressed on the need to find an amicable solution which will be acceptable to both the states.

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