Mizoram working to resolve border dispute with Assam

Aizawl , Mar 4 (Newmai): The Mizoram Government is making massive efforts to resolve the long pending border dispute with neighbouring Assam, according to Mizoram Home minister Lalchamliana.

Replying to a written question by Opposition leader Lalduhoma, the Home Minister said the State Government had sent a letter to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs requesting it to review the Mizoram-Assam boundary based on the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873 and the Inner Line of  the Lushai Hills Notification, 1993. The letter was sent to Union Home Secretary on December 15 last year, he added.

Apart from this, the State Government also took initiative to resolve the long pending border dispute by collecting important documents related to the boundary, according to Lalchamliana. He further said that the Core Committee, which was formed by the State Government to study the border dispute, has collected important documents related to the boundary. The Core Committee, headed by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo was formed in May 2019, he said, adding that some student bodies are also involved in the committee. The Home Minister also said that the Government has not made any plan to draw political map of the State.

He further said that the State Government is unaware of whether or not the Joint Action Committee set up after the border standoff in 2018 has submitted its report to the Centre. The Joint Action Committee was formed by both the Govts of Mizoram and Assam under Union Ministry of Home Affairs in April 2018, he said. The border dispute between Mizoram and Assam is a long-pending issue which remains unresolved till date. The three Mizoram districts of Kolasib, Aizawl and Mamit share about 123 km long border with south Assam’s Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. Several dialogues have been held since 1995 to resolve the border dispute but they are yet to yield results.

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