Assam border dispute

Guwahati, Aug 22: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad K Sangma on Sunday decided to start work on resolving the inter-state border dispute in 6 regions over which differences persist.

An agreement has been signed among the 2 Northeastern neighbors earlier this year for settling the issues in six other similar sites.

“We have decided to resolve the troubles in the remaining six disputed sites. From the Meghalaya side, those regions are placed in 3 districts. Three local committees (RCs) to be headed with the aid of using a cupboard minister every can be formed with the aid of using each state to take it ahead,” Sarma instructed newshounds after the assembly.

He stated the committees can be notified within 15 days and they will immediately begin site visits and try to resolve the dispute ‘according to the broader perimeter’ laid down in earlier discussions between the two states.

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“This becomes determined all through my ninth assembly with my Meghalaya counterpart Shri @SangmaConrad ji,” Sarma tweeted later.

“Once the RCs are formed, site visits & public sessions can also be initiated. In order to offer self-belief to the people & withinside the spirit of dedication to remedy our border issue, HCM of Assam @himantabiswa & I will make visits to a number of the regions,” Sangma stated in a Twitter post.

He tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah withinside the tweet.

The states had signed a memorandum of knowledge for finishing the five-decade-antique border dispute in six of the 12 disputed regions in New Delhi on March 29 withinside the presence of Shah.

The settlement become reached on the idea of tips with the aid of using local committees fashioned with the aid of using the 2 states in addition to consultations held with civil society and political parties.

“We wish and pray that just like the first segment, the second segment can also be easy and we can see a few types of decisions among the 2 sides,” Sarma stated.

The Assam CM stated the regions worried withinside the 2d segment are a “little complicated” in comparison to the primary segment because it worried sites like Lampi in Assam’s Kamrup district and components below the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).

He stated representatives of KAAC can be blanketed withinside the local committee formed for that part.

“If and wherein necessary, the leader ministers will meet and provide steerage to the local committees,” Sarma added, reiterating the 2 states’ dedication to resolving the disputes amicably and satisfactorily.

The six regions that had been taken up for the very last agreement withinside the first segment incorporate Tarabari (4.69 nine sq km), Gizang (13.53 sq km), Hahim (3.51 sq km), Boklapara (1.57 sq km), Khanapara-Pilangkata (2.29 sq km) and Ratacherra (11.20 sq km).

According to the settlement, out of the 36.79 sq km place taken up for decision withinside the first segment, Assam gets 18.46 sq km and Meghalaya 18.33 sq km.

“For the 6 regions of variations in Phase 1, the method is transferring ahead with the survey and demarking of borders underway. Both Meghalaya & Assam Govt. are operating to make certain the of the entirety of the survey,” Sangma stated in any other tweet.

The ultimate six regions encompass villages in disputed blocks 1 and a couple of transferred from the then United Khasi and Jaintia district to Assam’s Karbi Anglong district for administrative comfort withinside the 1950s.

Meghalaya become carved out of Assam as a separate country in 1972 and it challenged the Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971, main to disputes in 12 regions of the 884.9 km lengthy border between the 2 states.