India50-year-old border dispute between Assam-Meghalaya resolved, Amit Shah's important role behind the...

50-year-old border dispute between Assam-Meghalaya resolved, Amit Shah’s important role behind the agreement

new Delhi:Tuesday 29 March is a historic day for both the states of Assam and Meghalaya. The governments of both the states signed an agreement in the presence of the country’s Home Minister Amit Shah to resolve the 50-year-old border dispute. The agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Home Ministry. The agreement between Assam and Meghalaya comes two months after the chief ministers of both the states presented a draft resolution to Amit Shah on January 31.

The governments of Assam and Meghalaya came up with a draft to resolve 6 of the 12 disputed sites within a range of 884 km. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that I am happy that today out of the 12 places of dispute, an agreement has been reached between Assam and Meghalaya. In terms of the length of the border, about 70% of the limit is today dispute free. I am sure that we will solve the remaining 6 places also in the near future.

Today is a historic day for a dispute-free Northeast, since Modi ji became the Prime Minister in the country, many efforts have been made for the peace process, development, prosperity and promotion of cultural heritage of the Northeast.

Amit Shah, Home Minister

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that after this MoU, we will start the second phase and will try our best to resolve the remaining 6 disputed sites in the next 6-7 months. At the same time, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that we will try to resolve the remaining places where there is a dispute by taking it forward.

The border dispute issues are there for the last 50 years. We are celebrating the golden jubilee of our state this year and this issue remains even after 50 years. Therefore, a large section of the society wanted a solution to this.

Konrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya

As per the proposed recommendations for 36.79 sq km of land, Assam will give 18.51 sq km and the remaining 18.28 sq km to Meghalaya. The agreement between Assam and Meghalaya is important as the border dispute between the two states has been pending for a very long time. The long-running dispute began in 1972 when Meghalaya was carved out of Assam to form a new state. After the formation of the new state, there were many disputes regarding the demarcation of the boundaries in the initial agreement.