Garo rebels pose challenge to peace: Governor

Shillong : Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary Friday expressed concern over the spurt of violence unleashed by rebels of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

"This group (GNLA) poses a serious challenge to peace and development efforts but the government is taking all steps in order to effectively counter anti-national and criminal activities," the governor said in his address to the Meghalaya legislative assembly, marking the start of the budget session.

On the influx of illegal migrants and rebels from Bangladesh, Mooshahary said expeditious completion of the border fencing was a priority for the government.

On the vexed inter-state border dispute with Assam, Mooshahary said the matter is being pursued with the central government.

He also said the Meghalaya government stood committed to providing good governance to the people of the state.

"My government is committed to providing good governance and an administration which is clean, responsive, accountable and target oriented," he said.