Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Friday conducted its first meeting after the formation of regional committees to discuss the differences and disputes over the Assam-Meghalaya border.

The Deputy Commissioners (DC) were asked to present their findings and present micro details about the villages, and the different aspects of these villages.

Each of the committees where the member secretaries are the DC which is Ri- Bhoi, West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills (particularly East Jaintia Hills) reports were given.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the chairmen of these committees: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Cabinet Ministers Renikton Lyngdoh and Snaiwbhalang Dhar, also attended the meeting.

“We got to see and also got much more details. More exercise needs to be done because there are many more other factors. Today’s meeting was just to take forward the entire process of finding an amicable solution to the border differences between Assam-Meghalaya,” said Sangma.

After doing their homework, the govt will have two to three sittings with these regional committees. The chief minister added that these committees would also have their respective sittings.

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After doing their homework, the govt will have two to three sittings with these regional committees. The chief minister added that these committees would also have their respective sittings.

“Once the Assembly session is over, there may be joint meetings and joint visits by those regional committees” added Sangma.

Asked what were the findings in the report submitted, Sangma said that there were no findings as such, rather, there were just reports on the current situation.

The report had micro details, which goes into the different kinds of communities that are settled, the number of villages, the administrative convenience in those villages, etc. It also entails whether these villages are in Meghalaya or Assam census and whether they are taking power from the Assam side or the Meghalaya side.

“Officials have made visits to these villages also, and we got first-hand feedback as to the mindset of these villages. We are serious about this, and that is why we had this meeting, and our aim is to find an amicable solution,” mentioned Sangma.

Asked what is the exercise being adopted to solve the vexed inter-state boundary issue, Sangma said that the entire process will require looking from a different perspective and find out-of-the-box solutions.

“We have to look at historical facts, but we also need to see the current situation (in which) the people are staying. We need to see the kind of community and ethnicity that is there. Administrative convenience and linkages are present there. Need to see what is the mood of the people in those areas how economic activities has bee going on,” added Sangma.

The Meghalaya and Assam chief minister, on August 6, held its second bilateral talks in Guwahati. Both the CM had decided to form 6 regional committees which will be headed by cabinet ministers. During the talks, they had also decided to identify 6 areas of differences and adopted a phase-wise strategy to solve the long-pending issue.



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