SHILLONG, Dec 03: The Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) on Sunday wrote to the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention to formulate a comprehensive strategy towards border management and solving the vexed Assam –Meghalaya interstate boundary row.
In the letter, the AIJIF stated that the boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam is a long standing issue and this issue has appeared and dominated the political scene in Meghalaya, time and again as successive Governments both in Assam and Meghalaya have not been able to resolve the boundary problems.
“Interstate boundary row between Meghalaya and Assam has been a long pending problem causing a lot of inconvenience to the border residents of both the state as they lose out on schemes sponsored by the respective state governments due to the ongoing tussle between the two even as their lands are considered as conflicted territories,” the AIJIF letter stated.
Suggesting possible solutions, the AIJIF said, that apart from preventing and containing inter-state conflict on the borders, border security and border management involves prevention of encroachment also.
Pointing out that in one such instance where Assam is allegedly encroaching, AIJIF mentioned that the residents of Pedaldoba have called for meetings regarding the subject, which they fear may lead to dangerous consequences if not monitored and addressed by the authorities immediately.
“It is an imperative need from the part of both the state governments and the central government to immediately step in and draw a path to address the issue so as to build confidence among the residents of the village and resolve the issue.
Stating that such instances have made border management a complicated and challenging task requiring resolute and concerted actions on the part of intelligence, administration, security and regulatory agencies, AIJIF said, “It is necessary to adopt a holistic, multi-disciplinary and integrated approach in formulating a comprehensive strategy towards improvement of border management for peace to prevail in the state”.