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27th Meeting of Northern Zonal Council
Apr 28, 2015

A meeting of the Northern Zonal was held New Delhi to discuss issues of common interests in the areas of economic and social planning and border dispute among the northern states. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 27th Meeting of the Northern Zonal Council comprising of the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Punjab, Rajasthan, NCT of Delhi and UT of Chandigarh.

  • The Meeting was attended by Chief Ministers, Ministers, Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and senior officers of the concerned states and UTs. 

  • As per established procedure and practice, the Zonal Council meeting is preceded by a Standing Committee of the Council, in which the agenda items to be placed before the Council are scrutinized and prioritized. 

  • Prior to the convening of this meeting of the Northern Zonal Council, its Standing Committee met twice, the first in May 2013 at Jaipur and the second in November 2014 at New Delhi. 

  • The Issues flagged by the Standing Committee for discussion and decision in the Northern Zonal Council meeting included procurement of agri-produce on Minimum Support Price, Interlinking of Rivers, Eco Sensitive Zone, Air Pollution in Delhi and setting up Homes for the intellectually impaired/mentally challenged in all Northern States etc.

  • The council has been playing a significant role in understanding and redressing common issues of neighbouring states in the region and issues of mutual interest. 

The Zonal Councils meet every year and discuss, and make recommendations with regard to any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning; any matter concerning border disputes to the member States, linguistic minorities or inter-State transport; and any matter connected with, or arising out of, the State Re-organisation Act, 1956. 


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