SHILLONG, April 16: The contentious issue of fencing of the international border with Bangladesh in areas that fall under Meghalaya will be taken up by the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma when he meets the appropriate authorities at New Delhi.
This assurance was made by Conrad after he had met with a delegation of the conglomerate of traditional heads, landowners and NGOs under the banner of the Coordination Committee on International Border (CCIB).
“He (CM) has assured us that he would take up the issue raised by the coordination committee before the Centre,” CCIB chairman Sukkynjai Myrchiang said after this meeting which was held here on Monday.
He said that the Chief Minister also informed that he would be meeting the Union Ministers in charge of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs during his tour to the national capital on May 4.
The CCIB in its memorandum handed over to the Chief Minister had reiterated its demand that no fencing work be done until a fresh survey is conducted.
It also demanded the government to base the realignment of boundary pillars as per 1958 Nehru-Noon agreement before taking up the proposed fencing project.
“After a proper demarcation of the boundary line, border fencing should be done near the zero line,” the CCIB stated.
Stating that it never accepted the present boundary demarcation, the committee said the government should ensure total suspension of the proposed fencing work along the border from Nongjri in East Khasi Hills to Jaliakhola in West Khasi Hills.
It alleged that this was in view of the fact that section 41 of the LARR Act, 2013 was not implemented by the district administrations in connection with the land survey in the areas from Nongjri to Jaliakhola.
According to the committee, the re-alignment of the boundary should be done by the government in consultation with the district councils, the CCIB and the stakeholders.
It further recalled that the former Lok Sabha MP late PR, Kyndiah after personally touring the border area had written to the then Union Home Minister, LK Advani appraising him of the errant border demarcation and request the Home Ministry to stop the border fencing at the area until the territorial dispute is solved proper demarcation of the boundary is done.