Shillong: Meghalaya ChiefMinister Conrad Sangma and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma wouldmeet Union Home Minister Amit Shah tofinalise the draft resolution of the inter-state boundary dispute.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong,both Chief Ministers would meet Shah in New Delhi before January 21 whenMeghalaya would be celebrating its
Fifth statehood day and announce some sort of resolution in these six areas after getting the Union Home Minister’s approval.
On Monday Sangma accompanied by Tynsong drove down to Guwahati to meet Sarma and held an “unofficial meeting” on the report that was submitted by regional committees.
Assam and Meghalaya have finalised reports in six sectors of the inter-state boundary where there are disputes. Both states have agreed to some sort of swapping of land to resolve the several decade-old boundary disputes.
The six areas where there were extensive surveys conducted by regional committees of both sides, headed by Cabinet Ministers are: Tarabari, Hahim, Pilangkata, Khanapara, Ratacheera and Gijang.
These sectors have been taken up first because both sides felt it would be easier to find some resolution in these six sectors as the ground situation is not as complicated as in another sixsectors, which would be taken up later for resolution.
“Sangma and Sarma would be seeking the guidance of Shah on the possible solution arrived by both the state. It would be an internal arrangement of the boundary of the two states, so only the Survey of India would be required,” Tynsong said.
“This is the biggest achievement, no government in the past has taken this initiative be it Assamor Meghalaya. The credit should go to both the Chief Ministers for their decisiveness to resolvethis
vexed dispute,” he said.
When asked, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “This would not necessitate a Constitutional amendment and only the involvement of the Survey of India would suffice.”
He said all necessary groundwork has been conducted for this major exercise including convening meetings of all stakeholders.
To a query if the State government proposed to convene a special assembly session or an all party meeting to discuss the final agreement on an amicable solution, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “It is upto the two chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya to decide … but it is not necessary to hold discussion on the possible resolution.”