The three regional committees from Meghalaya, formed to study the inter-state boundary issues with Assam, met on Monday and decided to conduct field visits and examine the ground situation.

Reacting to a query, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) minister and  Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) leader, Renikton Tongkhar Lyngdoh said that there is no other way to resolve the issue except for the “give and take” policy even as he urged Assam to be more lenient given the fact that it is a parent state.

Speaking about suggestions that could be adopted post-resolution, Tongkhar stressed the need to explore the possibilities of reducing the stamp duty fee stating that the rate is too high for people to register their land.

Notably, the inspections would be followed by a compilation of a report, which would be submitted to the Chief Minister and also shared with Assam.

The three committees – one each for West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi and East & West Jaintia Hills districts, are headed by cabinet ministers with MLAs, MDCs and other stakeholders as members.

The decision to form the regional committees was taken following the recent meetings on border issues with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Shillong.