Assam and Meghalaya ministers meet to find long-term solution to border dispute

Assam Minister Mohan Patwary and Meghalaya Home Secretary Lakhmen Rymbui met on Sunday to find a long-term solution to the border dispute between the two states.

In this file photo, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma discussed a border dispute at Yojana Bhawan, the Meghalaya secretariat in Shillong in July 2021.

Senior ministers from Assam and Meghalaya have gathered to try to find a solution to the long-standing border dispute between the two neighboring states in the village of Ratacherra in the eastern hills of Jaintia in the Meghalaya.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday, brought together, among others, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Assam, Chandra Mohan Patwary, and the Minister of the Interior of the Meghalaya, Lakhmen Rymbui, according to a statement. official.

During the meeting, the two sides set out procedures to resolve the border dispute, the statement added.

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Later, Patwary said the meeting was a success and the two sides also exchanged relevant documents. However, no conclusions were reached and the next meeting on the matter will be held in Shillong, the statement added.

Meghalaya Rymbui minister also described the meeting as fruitful and added that the next meeting would be held in October itself, he said.

Also present at the meeting were the deputy commissioners of the districts of Cachar and East Jaintia Hills, the police superintendent of Cachar and deputies Khalil Uddin (Assam) and Shitlang Pale (Meghalaya), among others.

Another team of ministers from the two states also conducted a joint inspection of interstate border areas near Guwahati on Saturday.

The Meghalaya was separated from Assam as a separate state in 1972 and it challenged the Assam Reorganization Act of 1971 soon after its establishment, resulting in disputes relating to 12 areas in different parts. from the 884.9 km long shared border.

The chief ministers of the two states have held two rounds of talks since July, after which it was decided to set up two regional committees to gradually resolve the border dispute.

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