MoS Home Nityanand Rai : ‘Centre only acts as facilitator for settlement’

In the middle of an inter-state border dispute between Assam and Mizoram, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed Parliament on Tuesday that the government merely serves as a facilitator for an amicable resolution of an inter-state issue.

Rai noted in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that border conflicts exist in nine states and one Union territory, resulting in periodic demonstrations and instances of violence in specific contested border districts.

According to Rai, there are boundary disputes arising from the demarcation of boundaries, as well as claims and counter-claims over territories between Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, the UT of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya, and Assam and Mizoram.

He also said that these can be resolved with the cooperation of the state governments concerned.
“The approach of the Central Government has consistently been that inter-state disputes can be resolved only with the cooperation of the states. Governments concerned and that the Central Government acts only as a facilitator for amicable settlement of the dispute in the spirit of mutual understanding,” the MoS Home told Lok Sabha in a written reply of BSP MP Haji Fazlur Rehman.

On Monday, the border conflict between Assam and Mizoram resulted in the death of five Assam police personnel and more than 50 injuries. This occurrence has become a major worry for the Central Government and the Ministry of Home Affairs, who are taking all necessary steps to manage the situation.

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