Union home minister Amit Shah witnessing the signing of a historic agreement for settlement of inter-state border dispute between the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya, in New Delhi on March 28, 2022 | PIB

A historic agreement was signed by the Assam and Meghalaya chief ministers for settlement of the interstate boundary between the states, in respect of 6 out of 12 areas of difference, in New Delhi on March 29.

Union home minister Amit Shah, who was present during the signing, said this was a historic day for a dispute-free Northeast. He said PM Narendra Modi has made several efforts for the peace process, development, prosperity and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Northeast, which we all have witnessed, since 2014, when he became the prime minister.

Amit Shah said that a 50-year-old dispute is going to be resolved with this agreement. He said that in a very short span of time, six out of 12 issues have been settled between Assam and Meghalaya and about 70 per cent of the border between the two states has become dispute-free. He said the development of the Northeast is not possible unless disputes between states are resolved and armed groups do not surrender.

He thanked the CMs and officials of both the states on behalf of prime minister Narendra Modi and the central government.

The Union home and cooperation minister said that efforts should be made in the Amrit Mahotsav year of Independence to realize the dream of prime minister Modi of a peaceful and prosperous Northeast.

​Chief ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma expressed their gratitude to PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for solving this decades-long problem.

“It has been the consistent approach of the central government that inter-state boundary issues can be resolved only with the cooperation of the state governments concerned and that the Centre acts as a facilitator for amicable settlement of the boundary issue in the spirit of mutual cooperation and understanding,” said a PIB statement.

The agreement will benefit people living in the area and ensure long-lasting peace and boost development. This agreement exemplifies cooperative federalism and will provide a roadmap for the resolution of other boundary disputes between states.

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