Rajnath reiterates Centre’s resolve to promote cooperative federalism

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reiterated the Centre’s resolve to promote cooperative federalism with the states.
Chairing the 23rd meeting of the Western Zonal Council here yesterday, the Minister stated that the Zonal Councils were established under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956 with the objective to develop the habit of cooperative working among the States and between the Centre and the States. 
The Zonal Councils are mandated to discuss and make recommendations on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning.
During the last three years or so, two Council meetings and three Standing Committee meetings of the Western Zonal Council were held.  In these Council meetings, 41 items had been discussed and 31 resolved, he said.
During this period, including other Zones (Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern), 10 Council meetings and 15 Standing Committee meetings were held.  In these meetings including yesterday’s meeting about 653 items had been discussed and approximately 411 issues had been resolved.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Administrator of the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and senior officers from Central and State Governments.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, in his welcome address, emphasised the need for coordination and cooperation of the Western Zonal States on the issue of marine security. 
He also referred to the introduction of the virtual teaching in about 8,000 classes, providing 5,000 policemen with smartphones having a record of criminals, the appointment of 33% women in police force and the establishment of a state-of-the-art Forensic University in the State.
The Council reviewed the progress of the implementation of the recommendations made at the last meeting relating to surplus lands of various organisations of Central Government to be made available for achieving objectives of “Housing for All: 2022” and issues relating to Aadhaar. 
Thereafter, it took up issues which relate to stamp duty on Imports, problems pertaining to parking in JN Port, non-signing of Power Purchase Agreements by Maharashtra with Renewable Energy Operators, implementation of the provisions of the PESA Act, capacity building for developing Trauma Care facilities, full immunization coverage, National Aids Control Programme, and issues relating to Input Tax Credit on Natural Gas, an official press release said.
Out of the 16 items (including sub-items) discussed, 14 were resolved in the meeting with mutual understanding and consensus, it said.
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