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Meghalaya to earmark funds for border areas

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, June 1 � Stating �enough is enough,� Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma today announced that the State�s border areas would be allotted developmental funds chunked from every department.

Replying to discussions on a motion, Sangma said, it has been planned that for the next five odd years a percentage of fund from every department would be earmarked to develop inter-State boundary areas.

Narrating his visit to Langpih after the firing incident, he said, people in these areas were living in a �wretched condition,� due to years of neglect.

�Enough is enough�we have decided that a percentage of fund from every department would be allotted towards development of these inter-State boundary areas for the next five odd years,� he told the House.

Blaming political parties and leaders for their failure to properly explore ways to resolve the inter-State boundary dispute, Sangma said, the dispute can no longer be heaped on the future generation.

Meghalaya has 12 areas of dispute with Assam. Sangma and his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi are likely to meet in Guwahati on Saturday to find ways to resolve these disputes.

Meghalaya, meanwhile, has already initiated a process to develop an all weather road to Langpih. And with today�s announcement areas in West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills bordering Assam would probably see more developmental activities after 38 years of Statehood.

Earlier, opposition leader from the Nationalist Congress Party, Conrad Sangma moving the motion said, the State must have a separate department to address boundary issues.

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Meghalaya to earmark funds for border areas

SHILLONG, June 1 � Stating �enough is enough,� Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma today announced that the State�s border areas would be allotted developmental funds chunked from every department.

Replying to discussions on a motion, Sangma said, it has been planned that for the next five odd years a percentage of fund from every department would be earmarked to develop inter-State boundary areas.

Narrating his visit to Langpih after the firing incident, he said, people in these areas were living in a �wretched condition,� due to years of neglect.

�Enough is enough�we have decided that a percentage of fund from every department would be allotted towards development of these inter-State boundary areas for the next five odd years,� he told the House.

Blaming political parties and leaders for their failure to properly explore ways to resolve the inter-State boundary dispute, Sangma said, the dispute can no longer be heaped on the future generation.

Meghalaya has 12 areas of dispute with Assam. Sangma and his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi are likely to meet in Guwahati on Saturday to find ways to resolve these disputes.

Meghalaya, meanwhile, has already initiated a process to develop an all weather road to Langpih. And with today�s announcement areas in West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills bordering Assam would probably see more developmental activities after 38 years of Statehood.

Earlier, opposition leader from the Nationalist Congress Party, Conrad Sangma moving the motion said, the State must have a separate department to address boundary issues.

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