War Central MDC, Holando Lamin has objected to the no objection certificate issued by the Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) for acquisition of land with regards to border fencing in Meghalaya along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Opposition to the NOC was raised by the Congress MDC during the winter session of the district council today. According to Lamin, border residents will lose about 6-8 thousand acres of land to Bangladesh after the border is fenced and this will have a major impact on the livelihoods as farming is their only main source.
Asking the executive committee of the district council to nullify the NOC Lamin said the district council should take up the matter with the waheh shnongs (headmen), Dollois and other stakeholders before taking further steps on the issue.
Replying to the query, Chief Executive Member (CEM), Thombor Shiwat said the NOC was issued based on the report and a joint inspection carried out by the district council and the Coordination Committee on International Border.
He said it was also issued based on the request and letter that was issued by the government as except for West Jaiñtia Hills, most of the borders in the State have already been fenced.