During the ongoing budget session in Meghalaya, Home Minister James Sangma on Wednesday stressed on the need to start bilateral talks between Assam and Meghalaya sooner to solve the border issues. Keeping in the mind the Assam-Mizoram dispute, he raised concern over the recent sporadic incidents of encroachment that were reported. He said that such contentious issues have to be solved through dialogue and that they are in touch with Assam to prevent any such untoward incidents.
However, the authorities are yet to fix any date for the chief ministerial or chief secretary level talks. There were initiatives to hold a dialogue between the two states during the end of last year, but it did not work out. The last chief ministerial level talk was held on April 1, 2017 in Guwahati when the chief secretaries of Assam and Meghalaya were entrusted to follow up the border dispute after the CM level meet. An official source said the future talks will focus on the 12 areas of difference.
In the past, to substantiate its claim, Meghalaya had submitted documents and maps to Assam on the 12 areas of difference – Upper Tarabari, Gizang Reserve Forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah-Matamur, Khanapara-Pillangkata, Desdemoreah, Block I and Block II, Khanduli-Psiar and Ratacherra.