Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday chaired the Northern Zonal Council meeting in Chandigarh. The Northern Zonal Council comprises Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and New Delhi.
Host Manohar Lal Khattar, chief minister Haryana, served as the vice-chairman of the Council.
The zonal council discussed issues pertaining to boundary disputes, security, infrastructure issues such as roads, transport, industries, water and power, forests and environment, housing, education, food security, tourism and transport.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who attended the meeting, said the Council would discuss and deliberate on issues involving the Centre and the northern states.
The meeting of the zonal council was last held in Chandigarh on May 12, 2017. Five zonal councils were set up in 1957 under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956.
The Union home minister is the chairman of each of these five councils. The chief minister of the host state serves as the vice-chairman.
“The councils take up issues involving the Centre and states or one/many states falling in the zone. The zonal councils, thus, provide a forum for resolving disputes," according to an official statement.
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