Bhubaneswar, Feb 27: The 24th meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council, comprising of the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal, is scheduled to be held at Bhubaneswar on February 28 (Friday).
Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah will chair the meeting to be attended by Chief Ministers of Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand respectively, Naveen Patnaik, Nitish Kumar, Mamata Banerjee and Hemant Soren.
The Chief Ministers will be accompanied by two Cabinet Ministers from each State, as members of the Council, and Chief Secretary and other senior officers of the States.
In the meeting, discussions will be upon nearly four dozen issues which include inter-State water issues, power transmission lines, royalty on & operationalization of coals mines, land & forest clearance of rail projects, investigation of heinous offences, cattle smuggling across country’s borders, lack of telecom & banking infrastructure in remote areas, petroleum projects, sharing pattern on centrally collected revenues etc.
The last meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council was last held in Kolkata on October 1, 2018.