Shillong ( Meghalaya), June 14 : A Joint Regional Committee meeting to examine areas of differences in Block I, Psiar-Khanduli in West Jaintia Hills District with West Karbi Anglong District, Hamren, Assam was held today , June 14 , 2023, at the State Convention Centre, here .
Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the West Jaintia Hills District regional committee, Sniawbhalang Dhar chaired the meeting in the presence of Assam Cabinet Minister, Pijush Hazarika.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners of West Jaintia Hills District and West Karbi Anglong District, members of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council and Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council and also village headmen from both districts, Meghalaya and Assam.
Addressing the media, Deputy Chief Minister S . Dhar said, “The regional committees of both Assam and Meghalaya today decided to work out a formula to amicably resolve the areas of difference under Block I and Khanduli-Psiar. Both the regional committees have resolved to submit the report to their respective state governments by August”.
He further added , “In the days to come, members of the respective regional committees from both sides will start to decide in the field and will come out with a report in a few weeks.”
Dhar further stated that the chief ministers of both states have already decided to soon conduct a joint visit to these areas.
On the demand of the 36 villages under Block I to ensure they fall within the Meghalaya territory, the deputy Chief minister Dhar said, “We have not mentioned anything about 30-40 villages as the exercise is yet to start so maybe we will come with the actual figure in the next meeting. Khanduli is different. We will see the first low-hanging fruits.”
The regional committees would meet again next month.