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Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.

Diphu September 16: Some successive developments towards resolution of the vexed Assam Nagaland border issue have taken place in Diphu today, pertaining to the substantially extended interstate boundary shared by Karbi Anglong autonomous district of Assam and Nagaland. As mooted earlier, a commando  battalion campsite will be set up to help patrol the border and protect the people and wildlife.

Mr Tuliram Ronghang, Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council held an official discussion on this issue today. The main focus of the meeting was the Lahorijan part of Karbi Anglong district, which has remained a troubled zone so far; Ronghang stressed on the need for finding an enduring way out.

Amarsing Tisso executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and in charge of Land and Revenue department etc put forward some proposal for resolving the issue. Principal Secretary of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong Ng Chandra Dhwaj Singha, Superintendent of Police Karbi Anglong Pushpraj Singh, Horensing Bey member of Lok Sabha from, Diphu constituency local MLA Darsing Ronghang, Bidya Sing Engleng were present in the official talk.

Battalion Campsite near Nagaland Border

In the intervening time Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has allotted one thousand bighas of land to Assam government vide its official order no KAAC/Rev-526/Allotment/2007/482 located at Doldoli region of Assam closed to Nagaland border line, for establishing a Assam Police Commando Battalion Camp and Training Centre.

assam commandos battalion campsite
Assam commandos.

The proposed battalion training center is being established at the edge of the reserve forest to protect the forested border from encroachers and ill-intended intruders; the reserve forest which is a shield and buffer zone between the two states . On behalf of Assam Forest, the Divisional Forest Officer of Karbi Anglong West Division has given the obligatory go-ahead, definitely pointing out that forest protection is necessary for the safety of wildlife. The commando battalion campsite will help.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma a few months back, after assuming office declared that elite commando battalions will be raised for protecting the perimeter of Assam from encroachment of the neighboring states.

A reliable source cited that, Nagaland government has delegated the Border Affairs Department to work out plans to solve the long standing inter-state border dispute with Assam through discussions; it was decided in the meeting of Nagaland Legislative Assembly select committee recently.

Resolving Issues

Advisor for Border affairs Mhathung Yanthan has expressed his willingness to resolve the issue outside the court, as the matter is pending in the Supreme Court. Nagaland government favors regular deliberations with the Assam government for harmonious resolution of the problem.

Currently the ruling clique of Nagaland is viewing Chief Minister of Assam as a charismatic leader and his cordial relationship with Nagaland as a possibility to resolve the vexed issue by adopting a permanent decision acceptable to both sides

Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio is convener of the select committee; Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and Zeliang are co-conveners. Ministers P Paiwang Konyak, Jacob Zhimomi, NPF MLA Amenba Yaden and Yanthan are members. Commissioner Nagaland and secretary in-charge of border affairs, Rovilatuo Mor is secretary of the select committee which was constituted on August 5. Rajya Sabha K G Kenye and Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi are also in this committee which is expected to submit its report within the month of November.