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ASSAM-ARUNACHAL BORDER: November target set to resolve disputes

The Assam Government has set the November target to resolve its boundary disputes with Arunachal Pradesh in line with the Meghalaya model.

ASSAM-ARUNACHAL BORDER

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 May 2022 3:00 AM GMT

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI: The Assam Government has set the November target to resolve its boundary disputes with Arunachal Pradesh in line with the Meghalaya model.

The two-state governments agreed, in principle, to an out-of-court settlement of the decades-old boundary disputes between them. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu had a meeting in Guwahati on April 20 this year. Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora and top-level officials also attended the meeting. The boundary disputes between the two states have been sub-judice in the Supreme Court of India for the past few decades.

According to a top-level source in the State Border Protection and Development Department, the department has finalized the minute of the April 20 meeting between the two chief ministers. The State Chief Minister has already approved the minute. The department will share this minute with its Arunachal Pradesh counterparts for perusal.

The source said, "In line with the Assam-Meghalaya model, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will form 12 regional committees each. A minister of each of the two states will lead their respective regional committees. The regional committees will have local MLAs, deputy commissioners, circle officers, DFOs (Divisional Forest Officers) and others as members. The 12 regional committees on either side will cover 123 bordering villages. The regional committees of the two states will visit the disputed villages and interact with the local people. They will also observe the demographic patterns and geographical areas. The regional committees will submit their reports to their respective chief ministers."

Assam districts having boundary disputes with Arunachal Pradesh are Udalguri, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo.

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