Zonal councils crucial for cooperative federalism, says Rajnath


New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh, underscoring the need for cooperative federalism in India, said on Saturday that the medium of the zonal council was one of the most crucial means to achieve it for India’s progress.

Addressing the 26th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council in Vijayawada, Singh said that the Narendra Modi government had attached utmost emphasis to bolstering the Zonal Council and the Inter-State Council.

“These institutions have immense potential to resolve a slew of nagging problems by active cooperation between Centre and States and among the States through a healthy debate,” an official release quoted Singh as saying in the closed-door meeting.

Rajnath Singh further said that the government was successful in holding the official meetings in all the Zonal Councils in 2015. All meetings of Standing Committees of the Zonal councils had been convened before the meetings of Zonal councils, he said.

He further mentioned that the government had revamped the Inter-State Council recently. Notably, the reconstitution of the body had been a long pending issue.

Meeting of the Inter-State Council would be held soon, he said.

Alleging that India was facing serious challenges from left-wing extremism, Singh called for a united effort to curb the threat.

“Among other challenges, coastal security in southern states needs to be strengthened,” he said.

Singh extended his deep condolences to the families of victims who lost their lives in the devastating floods in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry recently.

Assuring of all out support, he pledged that the government would take all necessary measure to rehabilitate the people of the flood-ravaged state.

(With inputs from agencies)