Home Minister Amit Shah will chair the meeting of the Central Zonal Council in Bhopal on Monday. India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will preside over a central regional council Officials said a meeting would be held in Bhopal on Monday, where connectivity, electricity, sharing of river water and other issues of common interest would be discussed. The Central Zonal Council includes Madhya PradeshChhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A home ministry official said the meeting would be attended by chief ministers, ministers, chief secretaries, principal secretaries and senior officials from member states and the central government.
Issues of common interest in the areas of connectivity, power, river water sharing and other issues of common interest will be discussed in the council meeting, the official said.
As per established procedure and practice, before the meeting of the Regional Council, there is a Standing Committee of the Council to scrutinize and prioritize the agenda items to be placed before the Council.
Narendra Modi Another official said that the government has been holding regular meetings of regional councils as part of its overall strategy to strengthen and promote cooperative and competitive federalism in the country.
Regional councils provide a forum for discussion in a structured manner on issues affecting one or more states or between the Center and the states.
The official said that in the last eight years, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of meetings of the regional councils and its standing committees.
The regional councils help in developing a coordinated approach through discussion and exchange of views among the states on important issues of social and economic development.
The regional councils take up the issues relating to the center and the states and one or several states falling in the region.
The meetings of the Zonal Councils are used by the States and Union Territories to share their best practices.
The councils also discuss a wide range of issues including border disputes, security, infrastructure related matters like roads, transport, industry, water and power, forest and environment, housing, education, food security, tourism and transport etc. .
There are five regional councils in the country, which were established in 1957 under sections 15-22 of the States Reorganization Act, 1956.
The Union Home Minister is the Chairman of each of these Zonal Councils and the Chief Minister of the host State (to be elected by rotation every year) is the Vice-Chairman. Two more ministers from each state are nominated as members by the governor.