Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute likely to be resolved by next year: Shah

DEOMALI, 21 May: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the interstate boundary dispute between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is likely to be resolved by next year.

Asserting that efforts are underway to make the Northeast insurgency-free, he claimed that 9,000 militants from the region have surrendered during the last eight years of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Addressing the golden jubilee celebration of the Ramakrishna Mission School in Narottam Nagar near here in Tirap district, Shah said that the Centre is committed to bringing peace and development to the region.

He said that the governments of Arunachal and Assam are working for an amicable and permanent resolution of the interstate boundary dispute.

“Youths of Northeast no longer carry guns and petrol bombs. They are now carrying laptops and are launching startups. This is the path of development that the Centre has envisaged for the region,” he said.

“Manipur, which was earlier known for bandhs and blockades for more than 200 days a year, is now witnessing a sea of change without any bandh during the last five years of BJP rule in the state,” he said.

Shah said that insurgency in the Bodoland region of Assam was resolved through the signing of the Bodo Peace Accord.

“Surrender of militant groups in Tripura and resolving of the Bru refugee issue was undertaken by the Modi government. The union home ministry has taken initiatives to bring peace to Assam’s Karbi Anglong,” he said.

The union home minister said that a three-pronged agenda has been prepared for the development of the Northeast.

“Firstly, we would preserve and promote the indigenous cultures and languages of the region. Secondly, we want to end all disputes among the northeastern states and make it free from insurgency, and thirdly, we want to make the eight states the most developed in the country,” he added. (PTI)