Union seeks amicable solution to boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union urged Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju to initiate steps to amicably resolve the boundary issue with Assam under the BJP government.
In a representation to the MoS, the union drew his attention to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary issue, and said the notification issued on 23 February, 1951, was “arbitrary, exparte and unilateral” as the stakeholders of the tribes of the then excluded area of the NEFT “was never taken into account” or their opinion sought.
The union said no ground survey had been carried out prior to the notification, and that settlement of hill tribes along the plains was never taken into consideration. It said the reserve forest along the Assam-Arunachal border that falls under Assam should be part of Arunachal.
It also termed the Bordoloi Committee report “biased,” stating that the report was made “with calculative motive foreseeing the problems to be caused to the hills tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.”
Stating that Assam has established a “functional department with senior officer deputed with paramount funding in research and development of border areas people since long,” it said the boundary-related issue is attached to the home department in Arunachal.
The union expressed hope that the MoS would initiate steps to amicably resolve the issue between the two states.