Addressing the 50th Meghalaya Day celebration virtually, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said, “I am hopeful that in the next few weeks and months we should be able to come to a concrete solution and a complete decision on the first 6 areas of difference.”
He said that the issue has been pending for a long time.
He informed that the two state governments have already submitted their respective reports on the inter-state border to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
On Thursday, Sangma along with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met and apprised the Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the border agreement made between the two states during a meeting in New Delhi.
The reports are being examined by the MHA and the two chief ministers will again meet the Union Home Minister after the Republic Day celebrations.
Sangma also thanked all the past governments, past chief ministers, past ministers, past government officials for working very hard to bring the border issue to this level.
“And it is in this government in the last 6 months we have tried to take that discussion to its logical conclusion,” he said.
He informed that in the last few months different regional committees were formed to visit the different locations, to each and every 36 villages in the first six areas of difference. The regional committees have accordingly submitted their reports to the respective state governments.
Admitting that there are many other issues in front of the state, the chief minister said issues relating to environment and climate change, employment for the youth, doubling farmers’ income are going to be a very big challenge for the state.
“So hence, the next decade as well as the next 50 years is gonna be full of these challenges and let me assure you that foundations to meet those challenges had been laid in the past 50 years,” he said.
“We need to also realize that our strength is in our culture, our strength is in our community, our strength is in our youth, our strength lies in our natural resources and therefore as a government we must ensure that we rely on our strengths, works on our strength meet the challenges that we have and take our state forward in the next decade,” he further asserted.
The programme held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was attended Prestone Tynsong, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh, Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul M Sangma, Rajya Sabha MP, Dr WR Kharlukhi, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and MDCs, Meghalaya Chief Secretary, RV Suchiang and Senior State and Central Government officials among others.
During the programme, the dignitaries launched the Documentation on 50 years of Meghalaya and the State Emblem and released the Commemorative Stamp of the State.
Other highlights of the celebration include airing of documentary on ‘Statehood Movement’ by the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Meghalaya; presentation of docu-drama – ‘Meghalaya: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ by the Department of Arts & Culture, Meghalaya; announcement and distribution of the Meghalaya Day Awards to Shri Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta (U Tirot Singh Award for Arts and Literature), Father Charles Ch Sangma (Pa Togan Sangma Award for Social Services) and Shri Halen Nongtdu (U Kiang Nangbah Award for Sports); Meghalaya Day Excellence Awards; sealing of the Memory Crate and performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir.