CMs of Assam, Mizoram to Meet in Delhi on Wednesday for Border Talks

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma would meet in New Delhi on Wednesday to discover a answer for resolving the long-standing border dispute between the 2 Northeastern states, an official mentioned on Tuesday. Zoramthanga and Sarma would meet at Assam Home in New Delhi at 1 pm, the official of the Mizoram Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) mentioned.

Mizoram Planning Board vice-chairman H Rammawi is more likely to accompany Zoramthanga to the assembly, she mentioned. The assembly was scheduled on Monday however needed to be postponed as Sarma returned to his state from the nationwide capital. This would be the second such assembly between the 2 chief ministers on the border problem. In November final 12 months, the 2 leaders met in New Delhi within the presence of Union House Minister Amit Shah. An official of the Mizoram House Division mentioned the date for the subsequent spherical of minister-level talks between the 2 states, scheduled to be held in Guwahati subsequent month, is but to be mounted.

“The date for the subsequent spherical of talks with the Assam delegation is but to be determined. The matter has not been mentioned as House Minister Lalchamliana is now on go away as a consequence of sickness. It will likely be mentioned as soon as he joins workplace,” the official advised PTI. A delegation of Mizoram led by Lalchamliana, and that of Assam headed by Border Safety and Improvement Minister Atul Bora had met in Aizawl on August 9 to discover a lasting answer to the vexed border dispute. Previous to this, that they had met in August 2021.

On the final assembly, either side agreed to keep up peace alongside the border and determined to satisfy once more at Guwahati in October. Mizoram shares a 164.6-km-long border with Assam. The border dispute between the 2 states is a long-standing problem. Mizoram was a part of Assam till 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory, and it turned a state in 1987.

The border dispute primarily pertains to two colonial notifications — the inside line reserved forest notified beneath the Bengal Jap Frontier Regulation (BEFR) in 1875, and the boundary indicated within the Survey of India’s Map in 1933. Whereas Mizoram claimed the 509 sq. miles stretch of the inside line reserved forest as its precise boundary, Assam mentioned the 1933 boundary is its constitutional boundary.

The border dispute between the 2 neighbouring states turned violent in July final 12 months, resulting in the demise of six policemen and a civilian from Assam when police forces of the 2 states exchanged hearth on the disputed space close to Vairengte village on Nationwide Freeway-306. Round 60 folks had additionally been injured within the violent conflict, which was adopted by a blockade organised by residents of Assam’s Lailapur village in Cachar district on NH-306, the lifeline of Mizoram, for almost a month. The strain was defused because the Centre intervened, bringing either side to the desk.

Sarma’s authorities in Assam can also be working with Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh to resolve border disputes.

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