SHILLONG | May 16, 2019:
Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday informed that the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya will have a meeting to deliberate on the long pending inter-State boundary dispute after May 23.
Talking to reporters on the sideline of the Cabinet meeting, Tynsong said that the meeting is likely to take place on the first part and the second part of June. According to the Deputy Chief Minister, the meeting will deliberate on the prevailing tension along inter-State border especially after the incident which had taken place in Balakhawa village.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister level talks was necessitated following the recent trouble at Balakahawa in Ri- Bhoi district where the Syiem of Hima Nongspung, Michael Warjri was arrested for opposing and not allowing Assam to carry in the PMGSY scheme in the area.
Tynsong is hopeful that the Chief Minister Level talks will be a fruitful one and it will not just end with the decision of maintaining status quo as was the case in the meetings held in the past.
Lambasting the Congress for questioning the present Government for its sensitivity towards resolving the inter-State boundary dispute, he said that the Congress has failed to resolve the issue despite having the Congress Government both in Assam and Meghalaya for so many years.
“It is not right to shift the blame on others. The Congress needs to look at the past; why have they failed to resolve the issue despite being continuous being in power for the past 15 years?” the Deputy Chief Minister questioned.
On the PMGSY road project being implemented by Assam Government at Balkhawa in Ri-Bhoi district, Tynsong revealed that the Hima Nongspung had, last year, given an NOC to the Assam Government for implementation of the PMGSY road project in the area.
Tynsong further asserted that PMSGY is a centrally sponsored project adding that he does not see any problem if the project is sanctioned by Assam or Meghalaya Government since the objective was to ensure the development of the border villages along the inter-State border.
Talking about preventive measures to avoid interstate boundary skirmishes from re-occurring, the Deputy Chief Minister said that they have directed the SP, DC’s and even the OC’s to maintain proper communication with their counterpart on any issue, no matter how big or small it is. He also informed that they will review the deployment of police along the border areas and if the need be, the government will strengthen it.
It may be mentioned that there are twelve areas of difference between Assam and Meghalaya and despite several rounds of talks at various levels over the years, the solution still remains elusive.