Shillong, Jan 29: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Friday said that Union Home Minister, Amit Shah’s statement during the 69th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) urging the states of the region to amicably resolve the border disputes existing among the various states as an “ice breaker”.
“The ice has already been broken by the Home Minister by making the statement and I am sure we will be able to reach the destination,” Tynsong said.
Shah, while addressing the 69th plenary meeting of the NEC urged all the states in the region to solve their boundary disputes amicably by August 15, 2022, when the country will be celebrating 75 years of its Independence.
The Home Minister stated that when Bangladesh and India can resolve the border issue, why the North East states, which are within the Indian boundary cannot resolve the issue. So he has urged all the States, with special focus on Assam, because most of the States have issues with Assam.
While welcoming the statement of Shah, Tynsong said that it was encouraging because it shows that the government of India is concerned about the border disputes among the northeastern states.
Tynsong also said that during his political career he has never heard a Home Minister of the country making a statement on the border dispute in the region.
Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.
These include Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Khanapara-Pillangkata, Desh Doomreah, Block I and II, Khaduli-Psiar and Ratacherra, and cover an area of 2,729.14 square km.