The North East Indigenous People’s Forum (NEIPF) has called on the Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Assam to resolve the long-pending border dispute between the two states in the interest of the people living on the boundary.
In identical letters to the CMs of the two states, the NEIPF said that border residents are suffering due to “continued harassment perpetrated by government officials and non-state actors”, which has damaged the relationship between the two states.
The agreement by Meghalaya and Assam to maintain the status quo has not led to any improvements to the lives, security and socio-economic development of the people, the group said.
It also appealed to the two governments to take “urgent measures” and “concrete and tangible steps” in resolving the dispute.
The letter was signed by the NEIPF’s Convener Wellbirth Rani, Meghalaya Secretary Sadon Blah, Meghalaya Vice-Chairman Bipul Thangkhiew and Chief Convener Anup Chetia.