Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek called on Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati on Saturday. Hek urged Sarma to restart Chief Minister level talks to resolve the long-pending inter-state boundary dispute between the two states at the earliest.

In the meeting, they also discussed on the need to strengthen the health infrastructure in the Northeastern states.

Taking to Twitter, Hek wrote, “I called on Assam CM @himantabiswa today. I requested him to re-start CM level talk to resolve inter-state boundary dispute at the earliest. we discussed on the need to strengthen health infrastructure in NE states.

Assam and Meghalaya have at least 12 areas where there are boundary disputes. The dispute has been there since 1972 after Meghalaya was carved out of Assam as a separate state. Both the states have adopted a policy in which one cannot carry out developmental activities without informing the other.

The Chief ministers of both the states have met in the past to resolve the problem. Consultations were also held between the district administrators concerned and the police forces of the two states.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah urged all Northeast states to solve their boundary disputes by August 15 next year, when the country will be celebrating 75 years of its Independence.