Assam, North Eeast state border dispute to be resolved by next March

GUWAHATI : The Union Home Secretary said on Friday that the Center is committed to resolving the long-pending border dispute between Assam and other northeastern states, and is hopeful of finding a permanent solution by March 2021 next year.Talking with this correspondent, the Union Home Secretary on Friday said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, he has informed the Chief Secretary’s of all the North-East states that they should mark the boundaries of their respective states and Immediately be sent to the Union Home Ministry so that all the people can work together to find a solution for a permanent solution.He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are getting very upset over the border dispute of North-East states like “Ashtalakshmi”.

However, from Assam to Arunachal, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya every year there is a quarrel with the local people over the border dispute. Along with this, the game of killing and dying is going on every year. Political parties continue to take advantage of this for their convenience. If the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided for a permanent solution to this situation then it will be very good for all the people of the northeast border. Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, who was on a day-long visit to Mizoram, met Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Zoramthanga and while speaking to journalists meeting with Chief Secretary Lanmavia Chuango and civic organizations on the border issue. He said that the Center is keen to bring a permanent solution to the border dispute between the two states. He said that the Center has appointed Joint Secretary level officers and security agencies in August to work with the border dispute with Assam and all states that have come out of Assam.

He said, “We are working towards a permanent solution. I hope that the Assam and other northeastern state border disputes will be resolved permanently by March 2021.”Mention that the border disputes between Assam and other North-Eastern States have been continuing since 1971. “The north-eastern states often come face-to-face with the border dispute. Assam advocates adherence to the constitutional border while other states-Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh insist on historical boundaries. There has been frequent tension over the border between the north-eastern states. In August 2014, there was tension on the Nagaland border at Uriamghat in Golaghat district of Assam. More than 11 people were killed and thousands of people were displaced due to fear after the incident. Naga Hills was part of undivided Assam till 1957

The territorial dispute began after nagaland got a separate statehood in 1993. The central force has been deployed in the disputed areas since 1971. The Centre had constituted the KVK Sundaram Commission to resolve the border dispute but the panel’s report was not approved by Nagaland. Thereafter, Assam took the stand of the Supreme Court. On the direction of the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute between the two states, the Boundary Commission was constituted which is working in this direction. There is also a dispute with the neighbouring state of Meghalaya over the guest house of the Assam government. This guest house was once the official residence of former CM Tarun Gogoi. It is located on a small hill between Khanapara and Pilangkata. Meghalaya often describes this accommodation as part of its territory. Earlier, the Meghalaya government had said that it had enough records to prove its claim on the ground. Meghalaya is demanding setting up of a Boundary Commission to resolve disputes in 12 areas. Let us say that there is no fear yet among the people living in the border dispute between Assam and Mizoram. “The Mizoram government has assured to gradually remove its security forces from the border areas within the Assam region. The situation along the border of Mizoram is quite normal. “Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the chief minister of Mizoram several times to avert the crisis. Earlier, Mizoram had said that if the blockade of trucks supplying in Assam was not reduced, it would import the necessary imports from abroad. Tensions had escalated in border areas since October 16 after clashes between residents of the states of Assam and Mizoram. The ground level talks between the two states on Tuesday had failed.

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