The Meghalaya Governor has extended the deadline for the submission of reports by the regional committees constituted for the second phase of the border negotiations with Assam.
The new deadline to submit the reports to the state government is December 31, 2023. This was informed through a notification by the Chief Secretary that was dated December 13 but only shared with the press today.
The extension is in keeping with the decision of the Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Assam when they met on September 30.
The State government had reconstituted the three regional committees to examine the present status of the remaining six areas of differences which include Langpih in West Khasi Hills; Borduar, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Deshdoomreah and Block-II in Ri Bhoi; Block- I, Psiar – Khanduli in West Jaintia Hills.
For Ri Bhoi, the committee consists of Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister as chairperson. The members are Jirang MLA Sosthenes Sohtun, Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem, Umroi MLA Damanbait Lamare, Mawhati MLA Charles Marngar, KHADC Executive Member Jambor War. Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District is the member convenor.
For West Khasi Hills, the committee consists of cabinet minister Paul Lyngdoh as the chairperson. The members are Mawkyrwat MLA Renikton L. Tongkhar, Mawshynrut MLA Methodious Dkhar, MLA Mawshynrut Constituency, Rambrai-Jyrngam MLA Remington Gabil Momin, KHADC Deputy Chief Executive Member Gigur Myrthong, and Rambrai-Jyrngam MDC Bajop Pyngrope. Deputy Commissioner, West Khasi Hills District is the member convenor.
For West Jaintia Hills, the committee consists of Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar as chairperson. The members are cabinet minister Comingone Ymbon, Amlarem MLA Lahkmen Rymbui, Mowkaiaw MLA Nujorki Sungoh, JHADC Chief Executive Member Thombor Shiwat, and Barato-Mukroh MDC Aiborlang Shadap. The Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills is the member convenor.
The terms of reference of the three regional committees is to coordinate with the relevant regional committees set up by the Assam government, to cross-reference and verify the names of the villages (sub-villages) claimed by Meghalaya with the names of villages as per records of Government of Assam, to establish the geographical location of the villages and their contiguity.