DIPHU, March 30: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), a regional party in the three hill districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao has been opposing the two state governments of Assam and Meghalaya adoption of the give and take policy in resolving the inter-state border row between Assam and Meghalaya. It has claimed that the Assam government has adopted the give and take policy in resolving the boundary issue with Meghalaya.
In a press conference held here at the ASDC Central Committee office on Wednesday, the party president, Chandra Kanta Terang said, “The Assam government has claimed that out of 12 disputed areas along the inter-state border with Meghalaya, 6 have been resolved. The government should clarify which of the 6 disputed areas have been resolved and 6 of the disputed areas unresolved.”
He further said, “The chief ministers of Meghalaya and Assam have recently met Union Home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and inked an agreement for six disputed areas in Kamrup and Cachar districts bordering Meghalaya by adopting the give and take policy. Now the same policy is going to be adopted for Karbi Anglong which shares the Assam-Meghalaya inter-state boundary. This policy is not acceptable and should be in the context of the government notification of 1951 in the creation of hill districts in Northeast including Karbi Anglong, North Cachar, Khasi-Jaintia and Mizo hill district.”
The ASDC is also opposed on the declaration of Eco-Sensitive Zones in and around the Kaziranga National Park and nine Animal Corridors as several areas under Socheng Dhenta Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency and Duarbagori MAC constituency of Karbi Anglong falls under it.
President of ASDC, Terang said in the context of Karbi Anglong, the district is a Sixth Scheduled area and permission from KAAC is mandatory to acquire land for any purpose. No “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) has been obtained from KAAC by the state government and as such the government cannot go ahead with the project.
ASDC president also said the election to KAAC should be conducted on due time as there is no definite reason for the postponement of the election. He said the election should be conducted with the correct voter list to be prepared as per rules.
Terang also said a free and fair policy should be adopted in appointing TET qualified selected teachers.