Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu meets his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments on April 20 decided to form district-level committees to resolve the long pending inter-state boundary disputes in a time-bound manner.

The chief ministers of both the states met in Guwahati on April 20 and decided to work in a time-bound manner to resolve the issue.

After the meeting, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that they have decided to form mutual district level committees and agreed on the “terms of references”.

“Had a very fruitful second CM-level meeting with Hon CM Assam Sh @himantabiswa ji & his team to resolve the long pending inter state boundary issue. We decided to form mutual district level committees & agreed on the terms of references,” Khandu tweeted after the meeting.

“The positive enthusiasm for resolution on both sides is very encouraging,” he added, thanking prime minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Amit Shah for their guidance and the Assam CM for his proactive approach.

Post the meeting, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the district-level committees would undertake joint surveys in the disputed areas to find tangible solutions to the long-pending issue based on historical perspective, ethnicity, contiguity, people’s will and administrative convenience of both the states.

“We have also finalised the terms of reference of the district-level committees,” the Assam chief minister tweeted.

Assam border area development minister Atul Bora, Assam chief secretary Jishnu Baruah, Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Naresh Kumar and other senior officials from both the states were also present.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh share an 804.1-km-long inter-state boundary and there are reportedly around 1,200 spots of dispute along the two Northeast states.

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