In News: Assam, Arunachal CMs sign pact to resolve border dispute
- The two states signed an agreement (Namsai Declaration) to end border issues between the two states and decided to “restrict” the number of disputed villages to 86 instead of 123.
- Chief Ministers of the two North-eastern neighbours met at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh and signed the agreement.
- The two states share an 804.1 km-long border.
- The grievance of Arunachal Pradesh which was made a union territory in 1972 is that several forested tracts in the plains that had traditionally belonged to hill tribal chiefs and communities were unilaterally transferred to Assam.
- After Arunachal Pradesh achieved statehood in 1987, a tripartite committee was appointed which recommended that certain territories be transferred from Assam to Arunachal.
- Assam contested this and the matter is in the Supreme Court.