SHILLONG- Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Shillong on a two-day visit to chair a meeting with the Chief Ministers of eight Northeastern states in which interstate border issues might be taken.
Officials said that, Shah will be chairing a closed-door meeting with the CMs, Chief Secretaries and police chiefs of all the NE states today, where among other issues, the chief ministers are likely to discuss the interstate boundary issues plaguing the region.
Northeastern states include Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Assam has boundary conflicts with Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram.
Giving detail of Shah’s program, the officials said he will inaugurate the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Mawiong in the outskirts of Shillong and the Cryogenic Plant at the New Shillong Township.
The union minister is also scheduled to visit Sohra (erstwhile Cherrapunji) on Sunday to inaugurate an afforestation project, to inaugurate the Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme and he is scheduled to pay a visit to the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram there.
The home minister has scheduled a 30 minutes meeting with the leaders of civil organisations where he is expected to give a patient hearing to their grievances, a senior official said.
The organisations are all prepared to apprise the union home minister on various issues of the state which included the need to implement the inner Line permit (ILP), inter-state border disputes, inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule and amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, sources close to the organisations said.