DIPHU, Nov 24 � The Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council (KAAC) has embarked on a unique policy to pacify the border row between the Karbi Anglong autonomous district of Assam and neighbouring Nagaland.
The KAAC authority has decided to set up markets in all forward positions of the interior border areas in order to facilitate the local farmers to sell their agricultural produce and livestock at standard rate, which will in turn encourage the other departments to develop the infrastructure of the locality.
The first border market under this plan was formally inaugurated yesterday at Misibailam along the Assam-Nagaland border, around 40 kms from Diphu under Dhansiri Police Station. Along with the main market shed, two additional market buildings were also inaugurated by Mongal Sing Timung, executive member of KAAC.
Departments like Social Welfare, Agriculture, Veterinary, Health & Family Welfare and Sericulture sold various items at subsidised rate and distributed material as aid among the local villagers. Ashok Teron, executive member of the Health & Family Welfare Department promised before the local people that he will set up a health centre at Misibailam.
It may be mentioned here that the area is close to Dimapur and separated by river Dhansiri, which frequently changes its course. The rich fertile soil of the area has tempted many intruders to grab the land. The area is also vulnerable because the designated camp of NSCN(IM) is positioned just across the river and is within the range of heavy weapons like mortar shells.
It may be mentioned that the Council had to face severe criticism for deserting its inter-State and inter-district border areas; vast forested areas comprising of a modest population of indigenous people who continue to live a primitive existence in the absence of any modern facilities. The border population has to depend on the mercy of the neighbouring States for their very existence. As trade-related dealings are often finalised with land as a guarantee, hence there are frequent bitter rows over landed property.