GUWAHATI: The third round of regional committee level talks on border issues between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam has succeeded in resolving some issues related to the inter-state boundary. The ministers of both the states gave this information.
Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein told a press conference on Wednesday that “discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere” to resolve issues related to the three border districts.
Mein said the committee members had visited the disputed areas of Namsai and Lohit districts in Arunachal Pradesh and Tinsukia district in Assam and held talks with various stakeholders before attending the meeting.
“We have come to the conclusion that now there is no issue in these areas,” he said.
Bora said the committee would submit the report to the chief ministers of both the states, who would send the report to the Centre.
He said, “People of both the states want to live in peace. Usually these are some miscreants who create unrest on both sides of the border.
Bora said, “Our Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma is taking initiative to resolve the border dispute with the neighboring states and a lot of progress has been made so far.”
He reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also want to resolve the problems as they too wish that the people of the Northeast live in harmony.
Mein said the discussion on the border dispute was pending for the last seven decades due to lack of “political will”. “After the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, its leaders took the initiative to find a permanent solution to the inter-state border dispute,” he said.
The first round of regional level talks was held at Namsai and the second round at Dibrugarh.
Both the states share an 804.1 kilometer long border. Arunachal Pradesh, which was made a union territory in 1972, has alleged that several forest areas in the plains, which traditionally belonged to its hill tribal chiefs and communities, were unilaterally transferred to Assam .
After Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood in 1987, a tripartite committee was constituted, which recommended that some areas be transferred from Assam to Arunachal. Assam opposed the recommendation and the matter is in the Supreme Court.