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Govt serious on border issue: Conrad

Nongpoh, Jan 17: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today said that his government was serious in settling the boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.
He was addressing as chief guest at the general council of Ri-Bhoi Dorbar held at Nongpoh today. The gathering was attended by large number of headmen from Ri-Bhoi district.
“The State government is serious on the border issue and from time to time the government has initiated steps for permanent solution of the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam,” Sangma said.
On the development of Ri-Bhoi district, Sangma said that the district was approved as one of the ‘Aspirational Districts’ in the country.
According to him, special schemes from the central government as well as from State share will be implemented to bring all-round development in Ri-Bhoi district.
The chief minister also informed that the MDA government had also approved Rs 85 crores for blacktopping of the road from Umsning to Jagiroad.
He also said that PMGSY schemes were also approved in the district for better road connectivity.
Sangma also assured that he would extend financial assistance to Ri-Bhoi Dorbar for construction of Ri-Bhoi National Dorbar Hall.
Chief Adviser to the State government D D Lapang along with legislators from Ri-Bhoi district comprising Sosthenes Sohtun (Jirang), Mayral Born Syiem (Nongpoh), Dasakhiatbha Lamare (Mawhati) and Jason Mawlong Sawkmie (Umsning) were also present at the function.
During the gathering, the Ri-Bhoi Dorbar also submitted a memorandum to Sangma demanding upgradation of Patharkhmah administrative unit into a civil sub-division, creation of two more Block Development Offices at Umden and Mawhati, and financial assistance for construction of Ri-Bhoi National Dorbar Hall.