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Special scheme for border villages

Shillong, Nov. 23: Meghalaya yesterday announced a “special scheme” of Rs 3 crore to bridge the gap in development programmes in villages located on the inter-state boundary with Assam.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma announced this during the inauguration of the Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra (BNRGSK) building at Kharkutta in North Garo Hills district.

The building was constructed under MGNREGS with a cost of Rs 10.25 lakh to facilitate the disposal of work under the flagship scheme.

The contentious inter-state boundary dispute has all along rendered several villages with no development schemes.

At present, there are around 12 areas of disputes between the two states particularly in the areas in West Jaintia Hills, Ri Bhoi and West Khasi Hills.

The state governments from either side, particularly the Assam government, have so far not welcomed any major development programme to be taken up on the border villages.

There have been several instances in the past, especially in Langpih on the West Khasi Hills-Kamrup districts, where the Assam government stopped development programmes from being carried out by its counterparts.

At a recent meeting held here, officials from both sides agreed that development programmes being carried by either government should not be halted provided prior intimation was sent.