SHILLONG: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday said that in case of settling the Meghalaya and Assam border disputes, there is no need to go to the Parliament to amend the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971.
"In the case of Meghalaya and Assam, this is an internal arrangement between both the states, and once the final decision is taken what we want to do is to only involve the Survey of India where they will give us all the actual and detailed demarcation of the boundary for both states," Tynsong said.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that this would be at a later stage but the intention of the governments of Meghalaya and Assam is to first decide which edge belongs to Assam and which to Meghalaya.
On Monday Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma met his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Tynsong also termed the push for a final resolution of the long-pending interstate boundary disputes with Assam as the biggest achievement ever. "On January 21, we are going to celebrate the Golden Jubilee (year of statehood). If you go back to history, no government has taken this initiative up to this level," the Deputy Chief Minister said.
According to him, this is the first time that the governments of both Assam and Meghalaya have taken this initiative very seriously. "I will give full credit to both the Chief Ministers. Because of their decisiveness, we have reached this level," Tynsong added. He also said that soon both the Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Assam will be going to New Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah.