Discuss briefly about the Assam-Meghalaya Border Dispute . | Date 27.08.21
Ans :- Assam-Meghalaya Border Dispute
The Point of Conflict :- Meghalaya was carved out of Assam as a separate state in 1972 and it had hallenged the Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971 leading to disputes related to 12 areas in different parts of the shared 884.9 km long border between the two states . Over the years, differences have cropped up regarding the boundary and resulted in skirmishes among various communities inhabiting the border areas. The main disputed areas involved are West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and East Jaintia Hills districts of Meghalaya and Kamrup, Kamrup (Metropolitan) and Cachar districts of Assam.
The way forward :- During the meeting between chief minister of two states , the two states identified six areas of disputes between them along the inter-state border and the six areas of disputes identified are - Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, KhanaparaPilangkata and Ratacherra. They decided to set up three committees, each headed by a Cabinet minister to find a solution. Both the governments have decided to solve the issues in a phase-wise manner. It has been decided that each state would form three regional committees headed by a Cabinet minister each. These committees would make joint visits to six areas of disputes and hold discussions with panchayat members and the civil society to get their views. Following this, they would hold consultations among themselves and finally make presentations before the two chief
ministers after 30 days.
Conclusion :- The disputes between Assam and its neighbour states should be solved amicably by the intervention of state govts. , central govt. , various stakeholders and within the law of the country . The proper measures should be taken at the border areas to create an atmosphere of peace , order and amity between the people . Moreover , the spirit of oneness and brotherhood which exists between the seven sisters in particular should be maintained and preserved by all-out efforts of groups of the region .