Garo Hills NGOs protest in Shillong in opposition to Assam-Meghalaya border settlement

Shillong, Aug 22: A sit-in-demonstration was carried out by completely different NGOs from Garo Hills in Shillong on Monday to demand the Meghalaya authorities to assessment the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the State with Assam on March 29, 2022, to resolve 6 of the 12 disputed areas between the 2 States.

The sit-in-protest was organized by the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo Folks (FKJGP) and Affiliation for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) within the metropolis right here amidst tight safety, which was additionally participated by Achik Youth Welfare Organisation (AYWO), Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF), Niksamso Garo Neighborhood Organisation (NGCO), and different NGOs.

President of FKJGP (Garo Hills Zone), Pritam Arengh, stated they’ll take authorized motion since there was injustice to the individuals.

He added that historic details, ethnicity, administrative comfort, geographical continuity and willingness of the individuals was not considered.

Echoing related views, FKJGP president Dundee C Khongsit noticed that there’s exist an imbalance within the MoU signed by Meghalaya and Assam.

“We’ve seen the federal government of Assam has gained a lot from this MoU in comparison with the federal government of Meghalaya,” he alleged.

Asking the federal government to resolve the boundary dispute by taking the satisfaction of the border residents into consideration, he stated the federal government of Meghalaya shouldn’t take any hasty choice.

“Nevertheless, we had been compelled to assemble right here immediately as a result of the federal government of Meghalaya was a lot in a rush to please the federal government of Assam underneath the management of Himanta Biswa Sarma however deny their very own individuals (of their rights),” he stated whereas urging the federal government to not take the individuals of the border areas as a right as as soon as their lands goes to Assam, there will probably be large suppression on the tribal land house owners by the Assam authorities.

He additional assured full assist to the Joint Motion Committee on Border of Meghalaya (JACBOM) which is making ready to file a petition in opposition to the MoU signed between the 2 states.

It could be talked about that the Chief Ministers of Assam amd Meghalaya formally began the talks for second section to resolve the remaining 6 disputed areas on Sunday.

Throughout the protest, a joint memorandum was additionally submitted to the Chief Minister Conrad Ok Sangma, by FKJGP and ADE. Within the memo, the 2 NGOs stated that the MoU signed on March 29 has failed to think about the historic details that villages of Mallang Hahuapara (previously Okgipu Chiring), Mallang Joypur and Mallang Salbari belongs to the Nongbak Aking and the Hima Nonglang, and different villages like Maikuli, Iongkuli, Pillangkatta falls underneath Raid Marwet.

“Additional, as per our understanding, these villages had been by no means an space of rivalry within the boundary disputes between Meghalaya and Assam prior to now. Nevertheless as per the MoU signed between the Authorities of Meghalaya and Authorities of Assam on March 29, these villages are being parted and supplied to the federal government of Assam from the lands of Meghalaya,” it acknowledged.

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