Amit Shah to Chair 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Ankur Bhattacharya

Kolkata, 27 February: The 24th bi-annual meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Bhubaneswar tomorrow will discuss hosts of important issues concerning all the four major states of the region and would try to resolve a number of inter state problems regarding the sharing of water, transmission of power and the operationalisation of coal mines among others issues.

To be chaired by Union Home minister Amit Shah and participated by the Chief Ministers of all four Eastern states of West Bengal ,Odisha,Bihar and Jharkhand , the one day Summit is likely to deliberate on nearly 50 issues concerning the growth and development of all these states.

Informing this official sources here today informed that besides the problems of sharing of water, transmission of power and the operationalisation of coal mines, other issues which would come up for threadbare discussions were those related to timely land and forest clearance for railway projects, joint investigation of heinous offences , prevention of cattle smuggling to and from across the international borders , inadequate telecom and banking infrastructure in remote areas, petroleum projects and sharing pattern on centrally collected revenues

A number of other broad issues like the boundary related disputes, internal security and infrastructure related issues like road, transport,industries, housing, education, food security and scope of tourism might also come up for discussions in tomorrow’s Zonal Council meeting,the sources said.

They said apart from the four Chief ministers comprising Mamata Banerjee, Navin Patnaik, Nitish Kumar and Hemant Soren, two Cabinet Ministers each from every state would join the meeting as members of the Council besides the respective Chief Secretaries and other senior officers of all the four the States.

On behalf of the union government several Secretaries, Additional Secretaries and other senior officers of every government department will be present at the meeting.
The last such bi annual meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council was held in Kolkata on 1 October, 2018.

Set up way back in 1957, each of the five Zonal Councils for as many regions of the country hold its meeting once in every two years under the Chairmanship of the Union Home Minister with the Chief minister of the hosting state becoming the Vice Chairman,the sources informed adding that in addition, two more Ministers from each State were nominated as Members by the Governor.

The Council also take up issues involving Centre and States in every Zone as a forum for resolving disputes and irritants between them through consultations.