Shillong, Dec 20: The state government has extended the deadline for the regional committees to submit the report on remaining six border areas by December 31.
In a statement, the government said that ‘in pursuance of the decision of the Chief Ministers’ level meeting on Assam Meghalaya border issues held on 30.09.2023, the Governor of Meghalaya is pleased to further extend the time for submission of report to the Government of Meghalaya by the three Regional Committees constituted vide this Department’s Notification No. POL.68/2015/270 dated 20.03.2023 and extended No. POL.68/2015/275 dated 01.08.2023, till 31st December, 2023″
The six areas are Langpih in West Khasi Hills District, Borduar, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Deshdoomreah, Block-II in Ri Bhoi District; Block- I, Psiar – Khanduli in West Jaintia Hills District.
While the two deputy chief ministers – Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar – are heading the regional committees for Ri Bhoi District and West Jaintia Hills District respectively, the cabinet minister Paul Lyngdoh is the chairman of the regional committee for West Khasi Hills District.
KHADC discusses border issue
Earlier in the day during the session, the KHADC deputy chief executive member Pynshngain N Syiem said that the border committee constituted by the Council is actively engaging in discussion with the regional committee for resolving the border dispute with Assam.
In response to a question raised by leader of opposition Titosstarwel Chyne, Syiem informed that till date both regional committees of Meghalaya and Assam have not visited the disputed areas due to various reasons.
Chyne wanted to know the outcome of the meeting held between Meghalaya and Assam since there are members of the House, who are also members of the regional committees.
Syiem said “The meeting was between chairmen of all regional committees of Meghalaya and Assam and there was discussion on how to prepare with regard to the site visit but in the meeting a date was never fixed for the joint site visit”.