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Assam and Meghalaya have reached an agreement to settle a 50-year-old boundary dispute

By wasmulhaq 
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The boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya was a contentious matter. In a historic agreement, both states signed on to an agreement to end this controversial issue. Home Minister Amit Shah intervened on this topic. Finally, he succeeded in ending the border dispute between the two north-eastern states.

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In a significant move, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma on Tuesday inked an agreement to settle the 50-year-old boundary disagreement between the two states.

Border dispute between two states has been resolved

The agreement was signed in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The chief secretaries of both states, as well as other officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, were present.

“I want to thank Amit Shah for giving us the direction to resolve the border disputes. Today, the first phase of the resolution has been completed. It could only be possible because of Himanta Biswa Sarma, “Sangma said soon after signing the agreement.

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Earlier, he had said there had been “a lot of push” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah to resolve the differences between the two states.

If India and Bangladesh can resolve the border issues, then why can’t the two states? That is the stand the Centre has taken,” he said.

Taking to Twitter, Shah called the signing of the interstate boundary settlement a “historic day” for the northeast.

Amit Shah said the signing of the agreement to end the decades-long dispute is a historic day for the North-East. A total of 11 representatives from the Meghalaya government and nine from Assam were present in the meeting.

Both the governments of Assam and Meghalaya have proposed a draft resolution to settle border disputes in six of the twelve regions along their respective state borders. Assam and Meghalaya share an 885-km-long border.

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According to the proposed recommendations for the 36.79 square km of land, Assam will keep 18.51 square km and give the remaining 18.28 square km to Meghalaya. The final agreement between Assam and Meghalaya is significant as the boundary dispute between the two states has been pending for a very long time.

The Assam-Meghalaya border row are the areas of Upper Tarabari, Gazang reserve forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah, Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah Block I and Block II, Khanduli, and Retacherra.

Meghalaya was carved out of Assam under the Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971, a law that it challenged, leading to disputes.

Border disputes were a contentious issue

Earlier in the month of January this year, BJP leader and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had hinted that the decades-old border dispute between the two states could be resolved using a formula of “give and take” between the two north-eastern states.

 Earlier last week, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, informed the parliament that discussions have been going on at various levels between Assam and Meghalaya to arrive at an amicable solution with the central government maintaining its role as a facilitator in inter-state boundary disputes.

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