Amit Shah chairs the Western Zonal Council in Diu

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Union Home and Co-operation Minister Amit Shah chaired the Western Zonal Council meeting at Diu on 11 June. 

  • Various issues related to border, security, infrastructure, transport and industries in western states were discussed in the meeting.

  • About zonal council

  • In 1956 first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru give the idea of creation of Zonal Councils.

  • In the light of Pandit Nehru's vision, five Zonal Councils were established under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956.

  • These are is as under-

  1. The Northern Zonal Council - States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh are included.

  2. The Central Zonal Council -  States of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are included.

  3. The Eastern Zonal Council - States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Sikkim and West Bengal are included.

  4. The Western Zonal Council - States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli are included.

  5. The Southern Zonal Council - States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry are included.

  • A Standing Committee is constituted by each Zonal Council consisting of the Chief Secretaries of their respective Zonal Councils of the Member States.

  • These Standing Committees meet from time to time to resolve the issues.

  • Chairman - The Union Home Minister is the Chairman of each of these Councils

  • Objectives of the Zonal Councils

  • National integration

  • Enabling Centre and States to collaborate and exchange ideas and experiences

  • Stopping the growth of regionalism, linguism and specific tendencies

  • To establish an environment of cooperation among the states for successful and speedy execution of development projects

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