Adjustment necessary to resolve border dispute: Prestone

Shillong, March 25: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said some adjustments will have to be done while dealing with the inter-state boundary dispute.

‘By ground reality it means a middle way has to be there. Some plus, some minus, we cannot avoid that and that is the ground reality but it should not be at the cost of Assam alone or it should not at the cost of Meghalaya alone,” he told reporters in Friday


Referring to oppostion to border deal, Tynsong said some people do not want the matter to be resolved.

“We are firm on this particular issue otherwise it is better that we should not take up this issue then let it continue again for another 50 years. If it happens again for another 50 years, I am very sure our next generation will curse us. So I think we have to accept the reality. Enough is enough, let us take a stand and let us solve it once and for all so that the next 50 years and another 100 years our generation will stay peacefully and will not have any confusion anymore,” he said.

Tynsong, however, said he is yet to know what would be the outcome of the meeting with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on March 29 to discuss the MoU on border deal.

Govt to take up ILP issue 

Tynsong said the state government will take up with the Centre all pending issues, including the demand for implementation of ILP in Meghalaya.

“We will try our best to discuss with the Union home minister Amit Shah whatever pending issues that are there,” Tynsong said

The pending issues are ILP, inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India among others

Peace talks yet to start 

Tynsong said both the Centre and state governments want peace talks with the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to  start at the earliest.

“From the central and state governments we would like to see that the initiative is started at the earliest possible,” Tynsong said.

“It is the sole duty of the interlocutor to carry forward the wishes of the central & state governments as well as the wishes of the HNLC,” he said.

Engineer asked to explain by March 31

Tynsong said the executive engineer of the PWD (Buildings) Ransom Sutnga has been asked to reply to the notice seeking explanation for his alleged involvement in political activities, before the end of this month.

He had joined the NPP while being in service.

“The show cause has been issued to him so we are waiting for the reply. The time given is up to the end of this month,” Tynsong said.

Asked, the deputy CM said that he cannot say anything right now as action by the government will depend upon the justification given by Sutnga in his reply.

“Once we receive that we will see what is to be done,” he said.

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