KHADC rues having no say in border panel
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: The State Government has not considered it necessary to include representatives from the KHADC in the committee constituted to study the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam.
This was informed by KHADC Chief Executive Member Manstudy Nongrem during question hour on the budget session on Friday.
He said it would be difficult to comment on this attitude of the Government which is undermining the importance of the Council.
“Despite this, we have written to the Government to include the Council in the Committee,” Nongrem said.
The KHADC CEM maintained that the Council has also got all the relevant documents which could help prove that Langpih and other “disputed” areas along the inter-State border belong to Meghalaya.
He informed that the Council has also constituted a committee on the boundary problem soon after the incident at Langpih on May 14.
After the sitting of this committee, Nongrem informed that they had been able to submit a volume of documents to the State Government to justify “the claims that the land under dispute belongs to us.”
He also stated that the Executive Committee had appealed to the villagers residing in the disputed areas to register their land with the Council.
Nongrem informed that the Council had already faxed a letter to Union Home Secretary GK Pillai about the miseries and hardships that people residing along the international border between India and Bangladesh are facing.
A memorandum submitted by the Federation of Ri-War Mihngi Local Dorbar to the Council during Nongrem’s visit to Pyrdiwah last month was also attached with the letter. The CEM said the Council had also requested the BSF IG to take all possible steps to provide security to the border people.
Source: The Shillong Times