25th Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Kolkata
Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah on 17 December, 2022 presided over the 25th Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Kolkata. The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Jharkhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Ministers from Odisha and other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the States under the Council.
In his inaugural address, the Union Home Minister said that in the last eight years under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, more than 1,000 issues were discussed in the meetings of the Zonal Councils and 93 percent of them were resolved, which is a huge achievement.
He said that in the eight years from 2006 to 2013, a total of six meetings of the Zonal Councils were held (an average of less than one meeting per year), but in the eight years since 2014, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 23 meetings (including today’s meeting) have been held (an average of three meetings per year).
Shri Amit Shah said that the Union government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has done a lot of work in the past years in the direction of developing infrastructure in the States of the Eastern region.
He said that States of the Eastern region have a major share in the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Gati Shakti Scheme, as Shri Modi has always given thrust on the development of this region.
Shri Shah said that in the next 25 years, during the Azadi ka Amrit Kaal, the Eastern Region of the country will play an important role in the development of India.
Shri Amit Shah said, the 25th Eastern Zonal Council meeting was held in a good and positive atmosphere. Consensus was reached on many issues, while pending issues will also be resolved through consultations, he added.