Zonal Councils

  • They are statutory bodies established by an act of parliament (State reorganization Act of 1956)
  • The home minister of central government is the common chairman of all the zonal councils
  • Other members include: The Chief Ministers of the States included in each zone act as Vice-Chairman of the Zonal Council for that zone by rotation, each holding office for a period of one year at a time, Chief Minister and two other Ministers as nominated by the Governor from each of the States and two members from Union Territories included in the zone.
  • At present there are six zonal councils– Northern, Central, Eastern, Western, Southern and North-Eastern

The objectives of the zonal councils are:

  1. Bringing out national integration
  2. Arresting the growth of acute State consciousness, regionalism, linguism and particularistic tendencies.
  3. Enabling the Centre and the States to co-operate and exchange ideas and experiences.
  4. Establishing a climate of co-operation amongst the States for successful and speedy execution of development projects.