Assam minister's 'mistreatment' of Meghalaya elder in border talks slammed

Shillong: The regional committees of Ri Bhoi and West Khasi Hills District on border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam on Wednesday submitted their reports to the Meghalaya Chief Minister after carrying out a joint inspection and visiting the disputed areas.

Chairman of the Ri-Bhoi regional committee Prestone Tynsong was accompanied by MLA Dasakhiat Lamare, Ri-Bhoi district Deputy Commissioner and other officials.

Similarly, West Khasi Hills regional committee chairman Renikton Tongkhar submitted the report to the CM and was accompanied by members of his committee, MLA Macmillan Byrsat, MLA Gigur Myrthong and MLA Brolding Nongsiej.

Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong said it would be inappropriate to share the details of their report since the CM will come out with the next course of action.

Asked if the areas of differences will be resolved by this month, Tynsong responded that only the chief minister will be the right person to answer whether the areas of differences can be resolved by this month or not.

“Our job as the regional committees it is to inspect and prepare a report, which we’ve done. We’ve gone to the ground zero and seen the reality, and whatever we’ve seen, we have mentioned in our report,” said Tynsong.

He added that the committee’s criteria is to listen and also look at historical and geographical facts, ethnicity, willingness of the people. The Meghalaya and Assam governments are expected to study the report and finalise a date to start consultative meetings with the stakeholders.

Meanwhile, there has been no word about the report to be submitted by Jaintia Hills regional committee headed by MLA Sniawbhalang Dhar.  

The regional committees were constituted in September and were formed to examine the present status of the six areas of differences – Tarabari, Gizang and Hahim in West Khasi Hills district, Boklapara and Khanapara-Pilingkata in Ri Bhoi district, and Ratacherra in East Jaintia Hills district.

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