Amit Shah presides over the Western District Council meeting in Gandhinagar on Monday
New Delhi, August 27: Home Minister Amit Shah will preside over the 26th meeting of the Western Districts Council in Gandhinagar, Gujarat state, on August 28.
“The Council of Western Regions comprises the states of Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra and the union territories of Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. The meeting is being organized by the Council of States Secretariat of the Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat.
The meeting will be attended by the chief ministers of the member states and the administrators of the union territories along with two senior ministers from each state.
“Senior Secretaries, Advisers and other senior officials of the State and Union Territories governments, Union Home Minister, Secretary of the Council of States and other senior officials of the central government will also participate in the meeting,” the Home Affairs spokesperson said.
Five district councils were created in 1957 under Sections 15-22 of the States Reorganization Act of 1956.
The Union Home Secretary is the Chairman of these five Regions Councils, while the Chief Ministers of the States included in the respective Regions Council and the Administrator/Deputy Governor of the Union Territories are its members.
Two other ministers from each state are nominated by the governor as members of the council. Each district council also constitutes a standing committee at the level of principal secretaries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to take advantage of cooperative and competitive federalism for the overall development of the country.
“The Home Secretary emphasized the cooperative federal approach to empower the states and promote a better understanding of the policy framework between the center and the states. He advocated the use of district councils to resolve disputes and strengthen cooperative federalism. Under the chairmanship of the Home Secretary, all five district councils were organized in the year,” the spokesperson added. the past. This year, all the meetings of the relevant standing committees were held before the meetings of the district councils.”
District councils hold discussions on a wide range of issues including infrastructure, mining, water supply, environment, forestry, state restructuring, as well as direct benefit transfer (DBT), the broader expansion of telecommunications and the Internet, and issues of general regional interest.
“Many issues of national importance are also discussed at every district council meeting. These include the prompt investigation of cases of sexual offenses, rape against women and children, the implementation of the Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) scheme for rapid disposal of rape offenses. and POCSO law cases facilitating the functioning of Banks/Branches of Postal Payment Bank of India within five kilometers in each village, addressing child malnutrition through Bhushan Abhiyan, reducing dropout rate among school children, and involving government hospitals in Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya, the spokesperson said. Yojana and issues of general interest at the national level.
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