Border row: Assam and Meghalaya govt to meet MHA on March 9

Shillong: The Ministry of Home Affairs will meet the stakeholders to discuss the contentious border row between Assam and Meghalaya on March 9, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said.

The Meghalaya CM said the meeting in Delhi would only discuss the border dispute, and not address the proposed peace talks with banned militant outfit Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

The MHA meeting has been called after the governments of Meghalaya and Assam submitted their recommendations on the boundary dispute last month.

Both Assam and Meghalaya had decided to focus on six areas of difference out of the 12 disputed boundary points for the first phase. 

The governments formed regional committees headed by cabinet ministers. The regional committees visited villages falling under the six areas of differences and then submitted their recommendations.

Both the chief ministers are likely to adopt the give and take policy. 

As per the recommendations, of the total 36.79 sq km disputed land in six areas-Gizang, Tarabari, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilingkata and Ratacherra– Assam would get 18.51 sq km while Meghalaya would get 18.28 sq km. The recommendations, which sought to end the five-decade-old border row between the two neighbours, were approved earlier by cabinets of both states.

It may be mentioned that Sangma had recently met with stakeholders to apprise them of the status of the border talks. The local NGOs have expressed dissatisfaction with the report and have decided not to agree with the government’s report as yet. 

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