Shillong, Jan 23: The Centre has asked the North-Eastern states to resolve their boundary Disputes by 2022. Setting a deadline, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that by the 75th anniversary of the Independence of the country when the Prime Minister delivers his diamond jubilee speech, the North-Eastern states should resolve their boundary dispute.
Informing this chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “He requested that by 2022 on August 15 when the Prime Minister gives his speech on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence that North-East states should resolve the boundary issues, he made it clear in the meeting today.”
Giving an example when in 2015, India and Bangladesh resolved the decades-long Border dispute through the implementation of the Land Swap Agreement, Home Minister said if international border disputes can be resolved why can’t the state resolve its boundary disputes.
“The honourable Home Minister has clearly stated when Bangladesh and India can resolve the border issue why the North East states which is within the boundary cannot resolve the issue so he has urged all the states with a special focus on Assam because most of the states have an issue with Assam,” Sangma said while refereeing to Amit Shah’s address.
Sangma further informed that in the NEC meeting also there was a lot of discussions took place regarding development issues and lot of positive suggestion came out from Home Minister one of the most important points mentioned in the meeting today was regarding certain steps need to be taken by North-eastern states to improve the overall situation out here.
The two day 69th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister and Chairman of the North Eastern Council, Amit Shah in the presence of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Vice Chairman of NEC who is also the Minister of State, Development of North Eastern Region at Shillong on Saturday.
The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.