Brief History: India’s Zonal Councils.
Zonal Councils were created with the motif of development in the form of co-ordination and co-operative culture between the members of Zone (i.e. States and Union Territories of respective Zone). As a mediator, Zonal Councils provides meeting platform to Centers and respective States/ Union Territories. These Councils play a major role of problem solvers while hyphening the balance socio economic development of respective zones.
Organizational structure of Zonal Councils:
The Union Home Minister is honored as Chairman of all the Zonal Councils. Under annual rotation policy, Chief Ministers of members state take a hold as Vice-Chairman. Chief Ministers (Except Vice-Chairman) and 2 other ministers (who are nominated by respective Governors) and 2 members from Union Territories are introduced as the member of Zonal Council.
Chief Secretaries, from the members (i.e. States/ Union Territories) of Zonal Council are appointed as a Standing Committee Respective Zonal Councils. Standing Committees of Zonal Councils meet time-to-time and try to settle most of the issues at their level, they also deal with further issues & agenda to resolve the issues or to take necessary steps for further meetings of the Zonal Councils.
Senior Officers of NITI AYOG with other Central Ministries may also associated with these meetings. One person is nominated by NITI Ayog (formerly Planning Commission) for each of the Zonal Councils, Chief Secretaries and another officer/Development Commissioner nominated by each of the States included in the Zone.
The objectives of Zonal Councils:
• Bringing out national integration.
• Arresting the growth of acute State consciousness, regionalism, linguism and particularistic tendencies.
• Enabling the Center and the States to co-operate and exchange ideas and experiences.
• Establishing a climate of co-operation amongst the States for successful and speedy execution of development projects.
Members of Zonal Councils: States and Union Territories
|N||Northern Zone||Haryana||National Capital Territory of Delhi|
|N||Northern Zone||Himachal Pradesh||Chandigarh|
|N||Northern Zone||Punjab||Jammu & Kashmir|
|C||Central Zone||Uttar Pradesh|
|C||Central Zone||Madhya Pradesh|
|E||Eastern Zone||West Bengal|
|W||Western Zone||Goa||Daman and Diu & Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|S||Southern Zone||Andhra Pradesh||Puducherry|
|S||Southern Zone||Tamil Nadu|
|NE||North-Estern States||Arunachal Pradesh|