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Amit Shah to chair 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting on Feb 28

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (UNI) Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah will chair the 24th meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council here on Friday to be attended by the chief ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

The Chief ministers of these states will be accompanied by two cabinet ministers as member of the council besides Chief Secretary and other senior officers.

The secretaries and Additional secretaries of central government will also attend the meeting. The last EZC was held in Kolkata on October 1, 2018.

Official sources here today said the meeting will deliberate several issues which included among other things State water issues, power transmission lines, royalty on operationalization of coals mines, land & forest clearance of rail projects, investigation of heinous offences, cattle smuggling across country’s borders, lack of telecom & banking infrastructure in remote areas and, petroleum projects.

This apart the issues relating to telecom & banking infrastructure in remote areas, petroleum projects, sharing pattern on centrally collected revenues will be also deliberated.

With such senior level participation of political leadership and officers, a large number of issues are likely to get resolved by consensus in the meeting.

Five Zonal Councils were setup in the year 1957 under Section 15-22 of the States Reorganization Act, 1956.

The Union Home Minister is the Chairman of each of these Zonal Councils and Chief Minister of the host State, to be chosen by rotation every year, is the Vice-Chairman. Two more Ministers from each State are nominated as Members by the Governor.

The Council takes up issues involving Centre and States, and among Member-States falling in the Zone and thus provide a Forum for resolving disputes and irritants between them.

The Zonal Councils discuss broad range of issues, which include boundary related disputes, security, infrastructure related matters like road, transport, industries, water and power.

Sources said, matters pertaining to forests & environment, housing, education, food security, tourism, transport will also be discussed in the meeting.

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