The 20th meeting of Eastern Zonal Council, comprising of the States of West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand, was held on 17 April 2013 at Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by the Union home Minister Sushil Kumar Sinde.The meeting highlighted the strategic location of the States of the Eastern region and emphasised the need for enhanced cooperation and coordination among the member States on various issues of common importance. Various issues were raised, such as, sharing of information and intelligence, use of national resources like, water, minerals etc, common border check posts, and suggested various mechanisms for strengthening cooperation among the States of the region.
The meeting discussed various important issues, such as, internal security, problems of naxalism, communal harmony, safety on the national highways, use and distribution of coal and other natural resources, allotment of land for CRPF to establish battalion camping sites, matters related to police administration, border area development programme, strengthening of vigilance establishment in the states to deal with corruption, issues relating to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, etc.
It was decided during the meeting that the Standing Committee of Chief Secretaries under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, West Bengal shall meet to finalise the agenda for the next meeting of the Council later in 2013 in Odisha.
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