Home Minister Amit Shah chairs Western Zonal Council meet in Goa

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council, a forum for the Centre and states to exchange ideas on issues like health, security and social welfare, here in Goa. Chief ministers of three states – Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra), Vijay Rupani (Gujarat), Pramod Sawant (Goa) -and representatives from the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli attended the meeting. Sawant is the vice chairman and host of the meeting. The previous meeting of the Western Zonal Council was was chaired by the then home minister Rajnath Singh at Gandhinagar in Gujarat in April last year. The zonal councils provide a forum where irritants between the Centre and the states, and among the states themselves can be resolved through free and frank discussions and consultations, an official earlier said. The states have been divided into five zones and each zone has its council comprising the chief minister, two ministers and the chief secretary of each state. The zonal councils are headed by the Union home minister and each zone nominates one chief minister as its vice chairman on rotation basis.