Two border panels submit reports, third one on Dec15
Shillong,Dec 8: The two regional border committees headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and PHE Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar have submitted reports on Wednesday to the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for resolving the long pending boundary dispute.
They wanted the chief minister to pursue the matter with his Assam counterpart.
The regional committee for East Jaintia Hills headed by Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar had sought extension for submitting its report till December 15.
Conrad told reporters that the two reports were related to joint inspection conducted to the areas of difference in Ri Bhoi district and West Khasi Hills district.
“These are all interior locations but they visited the areas and I think never in the history of the state has such kind of an exercise been conducted so it is a very great work they have done,” Conrad said.
The chief minister informed that the state government will study the reports submitted by the two committees. “We will definitely do justice to it by going through the reports in detail,” he said
He said the government will very soon hold a consultative meeting with all stakeholders for their views and opinions before meeting with the Assam counterpart.
Earlier, Tynsong said after submitting the report that the ball is in the court of the chief ministers of both the states. They need to sit down, to decide and bring out a solution,” he said when asked if the boundary dispute in the six locations can be resolved before Christmas.
Tynsong said the responsibility of the regional committee was to listen to the people and the criteria on which the report was submitted was based on historical facts, geographical facts, ethnicity facts and the willingness of the people.
Following the submission of 266-page report, PHE Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar hoped that there will be positive response from both the states for resolving the border dispute.