SHILLONG, Nov 29: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has dismissed the map submitted by the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) to the Centre in which has been depicted the territory of the proposed Garoland state.
“We welcome the demand for a Garoland state but we will never accept the proposed map as it seeks to encroach into our land,” Executive Member in-charge Land, Mines & Minerals Latiplang Kharkongor informed here on Thursday.
His statement came ahead of the rally to be organized by the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC), which is spearheading the demand for Garoland state, in the state capital on December 5.
The proposed map for the separate Garoland was submitted by the now disbanded Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) to the Central government in 2006.
It was alleged that as per the map over 200 villages in the three districts of Khasi Hills region will be part of the separate Garoland state.
“If this is based on this map, most of the villages under our jurisdiction will be affected but we will not allow an inch of our land to be included in the proposed Garoland state,” Kharkongor said.
Referring to West Khasi Hills region in particular, he said that even though some of the Khasi villages bordering Garo Hills are dominated by Garo inhabitants, the inclusion of these villages in the proposed Garoland based on population is not acceptable.
“These villages are falling under the different Himas and we will not compromise with our land,” he added.
Kharkongor further stressed the need to properly demarcate the boundary before aggressively pursuing with the demand. “We will soon convene a meeting with all the traditional heads to discuss on this matter,” he said.
On the other hand, Kharkongor said the creation of a separate state will to a great extent benefit the Garo and Khasi people in term of all round development.