Eastern Zonal Council meeting

Eastern Zonal Council meeting

Recently the 25th ‘Eastern Zonal Council’ meeting has been organized in Kolkata. The meeting is presided over by the Union Home and Cooperation Minister.

Zonal councils

  • Zonal councils are not constitutional bodies. They have been established by an Act of Parliament, ie the States Reorganization Act 1956, hence they have the status of a statutory body.
  • Under this Act, the country is divided into five Zonal Councils – Northern, Central, Eastern, Western and Southern.

Several factors have been taken into account while creating these zones which include:

  • Natural division of the country, river system and means of communication, cultural and linguistic relations
  • Need for economic development and security and law and order, etc.
  • In addition to the above Zonal Councils, a North-Eastern Council was created by the Parliament through the North-Eastern Council Act of 1971.
  • Its members include Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim.
  • Organizational Structure of the Kshatriya Councils:
  • The Union Home Minister is the chairman of all the councils.
  • The Chief Ministers of the states included in each Zonal Council act as the Vice-Chairman of the Zonal Council of that Zone, by rotation, for a period of one year at a time.
  • Its members include the chief minister and two other ministers nominated by the governor from each state and two members from the union territories included in the council.
  • Each Zonal Council has a Chief Secretary nominated by NITI Aayog and another Officer/Development Commissioner nominated by each State included in the Zone as Advisor.


  • Realizing the national integration of Zonal councils. Stopping the development of intense state consciousness, regionalism and special type of tendencies.
  • To enable the Center and the States to collaborate and exchange ideas and experiences.
  • To establish an environment of cooperation among the states for successful and speedy execution of development projects.

Functions of Councils:

  • any matter of general interest in the field of economic and social planning;
  • any matter relating to border disputes, linguistic minorities or inter-state transport;
  • Any matter relating to or arising out of the reorganization of States under the States Reorganization Act.

Source – PIB

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