Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday assured that a permanent solution to the protracted inter-state boundary issue with Assam “is not far away”.
Even if the decades-old Assam-Arunachal boundary issue has been pending with the country’s apex court, the BJP-ruled North Eastern state’s are currently endeavouring for an out of court settlement of the vexed issue.
A press note from the CMO said that acknowledging the hurdles faced by the people in the foothills of the (Lower Siang) district due to the interstate boundary issue with Assam, Khandu assured that a permanent solution to the issue is not far away.
“With active support of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the first round of meeting to resolve the issue has already been done. The second round will be held within next few days. This will be followed by ground visit by all stakeholders. “Both me and Sarma are committed to hammer out a permanent solution to all our existing boundary issues,” Khandu said while gracing the Silver Jubilee Mopin festival celebration at Hime village under Kangku circle in Lower Siang district.
He appreciated the gesture of the Mishing Autonomous Council leaders, who are just across the boundary in Assam, to attend the celebrations today. He said the very presence of Paramananda Chayengia, Chairman of the Autonomous Council, along with representatives of prominent Mishing organizations at the festival proves the bonhomie and brotherhood shared by people of both the states living along the boundary.
“Because of administrative compulsions we have to have a permanent interstate boundary. Otherwise we have been living peacefully for ages,” he opined.
The celebration was also attended by Agriculture Minister Tage Taki, legislators Kardo Nyigyor, Gokar Basar, Kento Rina and Laisam Simai, representatives of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) and others.