Guwahati: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to examine the recommendations submitted by both Assam and Meghalaya chief ministers over the proposed ‘50-50’ formula to resolve boundary disputes at six areas between the two states.
On Thursday, both Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma met union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi and apprised him of the outcome of several rounds of discussions between the two governments.
After going through the discussion, the union home minister has once again summoned the two chief ministers after the Republic Day celebrations.
Sarma said, “We apprised home minister on the outcomes of discussions held between Assam and Meghalaya governments to resolve the border disputes amicably. We’re grateful for his guidance.”
Adding to him, Meghalaya chief minister Sangma said, “He (Shah) expressed happiness on the initiative taken by both the States in the matter. MHA will examine the reports and we will meet him again post 26 January.”
On Wednesday, the state cabinets of both Assam and Meghalaya have approved the recommendations of the three regional committees set up by the respective governments on the boundary dispute at six locations.
Both Assam and Meghalaya government have agreed in principle to divide about 36 sqkm of disputed land at six places between them in almost equal parts to partially end the 50-year-old border row between them.
The disputes in six other remaining areas, which are termed as “complicated,” will be taken up for settlement in the next phase.