CEM bats for cordial ties between Karbis and Khasis
DIPHU, Nov 6: The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) CEM Tuliram Ronghang on Tuesday said not a single inch of land of Karbi Anglong will be allowed to get included in the map of Meghalaya.
The CEM rejected the demand of Meghalaya on the Block I and Block II of Karbi Anglong for inclusion in the neighbouring state. On September 5, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla demanded the handing over of the Block I and Block II to Meghalaya.
Referring to border row between Meghalaya and Assam, Ronghang urged both Karbis and Khasis living along the Assam-Meghalaya border to wipe out all misunderstanding between the two communities and uphold peace and co-existence.
“Karbis and Khasis have been living together for decades. But some evil elements have created a rift between the two communities. With a united effort from all communities such things can be wiped out,” Ronghang said addressing a ‘Cultural Exchange-cum-Border Development Programme’ at Khanduli Playground, 30 km off Hamren in West Karbi Anglong district along Assam-Meghalaya border on Tuesday.
The CEM mocked a section of RTI activists as “Right to Income activists saying that some anti-social elements have delayed the construction works of roads and other infrastructure projects in Karbi Anglong by asking money from the contractors in the name of RTI.
“There is slow pace of progress of road construction here due to extortion by some so called RTI activists from contractors. Such fake information seekers have become ‘Right to Income’ activists instead of ‘Right to Information’ activists,” he said.
Ronghang asked the new contractor working on the stretch of road from Hamren and Baithalangso under North Eastern council (NEC) to complete it by March 2019. The earlier contractor Napoleon Kathar was blacklisted for not completing the work.
The CEM stressed on development of the border areas by taking up of infrastructure development projects, especially improvement of road connectivity. He also highlighted various schemes and projects undertaken by the centre, state and KAAC for improvement of rural and remote areas.
The CEM informed that the improvement of roads from Khanduli to Saisema, Mokoiram to Rupai, Mokoiram to Langkeroi, Mokoiram to Madar, Khanduli to Tapat and Langhemphi to Tadolangso in West Karbi Anglong.
He also informed that a cultural centre will be set up in Khanduli. He said the government is taking up a scheme for construction of a concrete bridge across Karbi Langpi River connecting West Karbi Anglong with Ri-bhoi district of Meghalaya.
He further said that the government is taking up schemes for supply of safe drinking water and uninterrupted power supply to each household.
He also announced that lands pattas will be provided to the people living in border areas soon.
Notably, Team Karbi Angling has decided to visit each MAC constituency under the administrative control of KAAC to review the progress of implementation of various government schemes and projects and to interact with the local people on their grievances.
The team Tuesday visited Khanduli in West Karbi Anglong, 198 kms from here.
The CEM also visited Ronghang Rongbong, the seat of Karbi traditional king for laying of foundation for construction of concrete paver block road and renovation of Lindokpos, traditional dignitaries, quarters and construction of new resident of Kathar Bura (traditional dignitary) which will be completed by March next year.
EMs Pradip Rongpi and Rupsing Teron, KAAC chairman Longki Timing, MLA Dr. Mansing Rongpi, principal secretary Mahadananda Hazarika, West Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Debojyoti Hazarika, superintendent of police Mrinal Talukdar and other senior officials accompanied the CEM.