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Rajnath to chair Northern Zonal Council meeting at Chandigarh on May 12

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New Delhi, May 9, 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council at Chandigarh on May 12.
The Council comprises the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
The meeting will be attended by the Chief Ministers in the zone, some Ministers, Chief Secretaries and senior officers from the State Governments and Central Government.
The 27th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held in New Delhi on April 25, 2015. In this meeting, 25 items were taken up, out of which 14 items were disposed of.
The 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Northern Zonal Council was held on May 26, 2016, at Srinagar to scrutinise the agenda for this meeting.
In that meeting, 35 agenda items were taken up, out of which 28 items were resolved at the level of the Standing Committee. The coming meeting will take up 18 items (including sub-items) for discussion and decisions.
Five Zonal Councils -- Central, Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern -- have been established under the State Reorganization Act, 1956.
These Councils are advisory bodies and may discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council, or the Union and one or more of the States represented in a Council, have a common interest and advise the Central Government and the Government of each State concerned as to the action to be taken on any such matter.
In particular, a Zonal Council may 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, linguistic minorities or inter-State transport; and any matter connected with, or arising out of, the reorganisation of the States.
The Zonal Councils aim to discuss and resolve many substantive issues of development concerning regional interest and national programmes through its consultative mechanism, the release added.
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