Meghalaya CM asks Centre to settle Assam border dispute

22 Mar 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma met with the Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Shillong and asked him to intervene in matters like boundary conflict with Assam and the insurgency in Garo Hills region.

The CM asked Singh to set up a commission to define the border.

He also sought the upgradation of police establishment and infrastructure to contain the insurgency in Garo Hills region.

In context: The Assam-Meghalaya border dispute

Introduction Assam-Meghalaya inter-state boundary dispute

Meghalaya became a full-fledged State on 21 January 1972.

Since then, the inter-state boundary as established under the North Eastern Areas (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971 has been a point of contention between Assam and Meghalaya.

The 12 disputed inter-state boundary areas are "Upper Tarabari, Gazang reserve Forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah, Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah Block I and Block II, Khanduli and Retacherra."

Langpih: To Assam and back

In 1985, the Assam and Meghalaya governments assigned Justice Y.V. Chandrachud to head a committee for boundary demarcation between the two states. Assam claimed Langpih based on the recommendations; however, Meghalaya rejected the committee's report.
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