* Assam-Meghalaya border dispute discussed
SHILLONG: Traditional heads from different villages under Block-I on Saturday apprised the Chairman of Meghalaya State Planning Board (MSPB), Lambor Malngiang, on the problems encountered by them because of the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.
Some of the villages represented by traditional heads during an inspection by the chairman of MSPB and the MLA of Mowkaiaw Constituency at Block-I included Moolber, Moojem, Salait, Skap, Madan Nangkylla, Langet, Arbon, Deinler, Psiar, and Lamarang.
The traditional heads informed the MLA and the chairman that Assam police time and again would encroach into the many villages even up to Sahsniang and harass the local villagers of the area by not allowing them to use the resources available to build houses or to implement the MGNREGS and also that the villagers have to pay taxes to the Assam police.
The local MLA and villagers also urged the Chairman to take up the matter with the State government and to also initiate steps to develop the roads in the area, the education sector and bring about other developmental projects for the people of the area.
Speaking to The Sentinel after listening to the problems encountered by the people of the area, Malngiang said that the area is in need of immediate police patrolling as at present there is no Police Outpost in the area.
He also urged the local villagers to remain patient as the government will not be able to resolve all their problems overnight. He however assured that the government will take up the matter seriously to remove the problems encountered by them.
Stating that this is not a new issue as even the past government had also tried to resolve the boundary dispute with Assam, he said, “However this government will try to do something to remove the problems of the people of Block-I and the way forward is for both the governments Assam and Meghalaya to have a dialogue on this issue.”