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Assam Border Protection Minister Atul Bora Asserts Resolution of Border Disputes with Neighbouring States

Assam’s Border Protection and Development Minister, Atul Bora, announced on February 7 that efforts are underway to resolve the long-standing border disputes with neighbouring states. He commended Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for taking the initiative to address these border issues, which have remained unresolved for years. Minister Bora stated that decisions have already been made between the governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya, with ongoing discussions to reach a comprehensive resolution. Bora attributed the prolonged disputes to previous Congress regimes and emphasized that the current Assam government is actively working towards a solution based on a give-and-take policy.

The Assam government, under Chief Minister Sarma’s leadership, is implementing a strategy that involves regional committees formed by the three state governments. These committees aim to consider factors such as geographical contiguity, administrative convenience, and ethnicity to find a viable solution to the border disputes. Minister Bora expressed optimism about resolving the issues through political will and collaborative efforts, highlighting that the governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya are jointly working towards a resolution. He also acknowledged that the Mizoram government has expressed a desire to address border disputes with Assam.

In a significant development last year, Chief Minister Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart, Conrad Sangma, signed a historic agreement in March to close six disputed sectors in the first phase. The agreement was considered a positive step forward, and efforts continue to address the remaining border disputes between states in the Northeastern region.

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