Shillong: The members of the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) in Meghalaya on Monday urged the chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, to resume talks with Assam on the border dispute.
Working president of the United Democratic Front (UDP) Paul Lyngdoh said that the response from the chief minister was very encouraging and addressed the concerns of the alliance.
Lyngdoh said that concerning the border issue the chief minister has assured that there would be a resumption of discussion at the highest level. The Chief Minister’s could meet soon to resolve issues.
An advisory committee will be constituted to provide all the documentary support and also to liaise with different stakeholders, including traditional heads and the Autonomous District Councils, informed Lyngdoh.
On the introduction of railway services, Lyngdoh said that the chief minister and the RDA were on the same page.
“We are totally against the idea of introduction of passenger trains which we felt that at this point of time would open floodgates to fresh infiltration. So we have been insistent that any idea of such introduction of railways should be put a stop to and the chief minister has agreed,” informed Lyngdoh.
On the issue of inclusion of Khasi and Garo Language in the VIII Schedule of the Indian constitution, Lyngdoh said that matter has already crossed a stage where Khasi and Garo have already been recognised as an associate official language in 2005 and rules were framed in 2008. He added that the state assembly had also passed a resolution.
Lyngdoh said, “The next logical measure now for the state government would be to exercise its influence in the power lobbies of Delhi to convince the government to immediately include or recognise Khasi and Garo in the VIII Schedule.”
The RDA is an alliance of UDP and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), who are a part of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).