Boundary dispute: Meghalaya all-party delegation to engage with parties from Assam

SHILLONG, Apr 17: Meghalaya Revenue Minister, Kyrmen Shylla on Tuesday informed on the floor House that an all party delegation from the state will engage with all parties of Assam to solve the decades long boundary imbroglio with Assam.

“An all-party effort is being made by the Meghalaya government and it is proposed to engage with all parties of Assam to arrive at a beneficial solution to the problem,” Shylla said while replying to a cut motion during the Budget Session of the State Assembly.

Earlier, opposition Congress legislator from Mawlai, Process T Sawkmie while moving the cut motion sought for a third party intervention into the border dispute with Assam.

Sawkmie proposed the Supreme Court as the third party.

“If we all agree, let there be a third party intervention,” Sawkmie suggested.

Meanwhile, Umroi legislator George B Lyngdoh termed as pathetic in as far as the maintenance of land records in the state is concern.

Lyngdoh pointed out that in villagers in Block II are registering their lands with Assam and expressed concern that Meghalaya may not be able to contest the claims of their neighbor since the state would have only sale deeds signed by traditional heads to prove their claim.

The Umroi MLA suggested reduction in the stamp duty as an incentive for citizens to register their land.