GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asked Chief Ministers of various Northeastern states to resolve inter-state boundary disputes amicably through bilateral talks between the concerned state governments.
The Union Home Minister was in Shillong earlier in the day to chair the 69th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council (NEC), the regional planning body. The meeting discussed all important issues related to development of the entire region including progress made so far in various development projects that are being implemented in different NE states.
Later talking to the media Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, N Rio, Pema Khandu and N Biren Singh respectively admitted that the NE states were asked by Amit Shah to resolve boundary disputes through dialogue among themselves.
The chief ministers said that as most of the state have boundary disputes with Assam, such bilateral dialogue process will be given an impetus after next Assembly election in Assam likely to be held in April this year.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also informed that the state government through engagement of state police, paramilitary forces and security forces was trying its best to neutralize the activities of insurgent groups active in eastern districts of the state bordering Myanmar. He said Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t have home-grown insurgents but is affected activities of Naga rebel groups and insurgents from other NE states.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed the media after attending the NEC meeting that fencing work along the India-Myanmar border in Manipur was being carried out. He said most of the insurgent groups in Manipur were now under cessation of operation mode.