Prime Minister reconstitutes Inter-State Council
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has reconstituted the Inter-State Council. The reconstituted Council has been in view of recent changes in allocation of Ministries and is in supersession of the earlier notification in May, 2012. The notification of reconstituted council has been issued on 7th December, 2012.....More

15th Meeting of the Standing Committee of Northern Zonal Council.
The 15th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Northern Zonal Council was held at Jaipur, Rajasthan on 10th May, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Rajasthan. Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, Adviser to Administrator, Chandigarh U.T., Principal Secretary (Coordination) Government of Haryana, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Principal Secretary, General Administration Department, Government of Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Himachal Pradesh besides other senior officer from the member States and representatives of the about 17 Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India attended the meeting.

The Standing Committee discussed several important issues like Amendment in Water Pollution Act, 1974, Air Pollution Act, 1981 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, need of Reforms in Agricultural Produce Markets Act, field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops, Control over the prices of fertilizers, Minimum Support Price, Relining of Indira Gandhi and Sirhind Feeder, Development of under DMIC Project, Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network-North (GIAN-North), setting up of Central Sector Projects Coordination Committee (CSPCC), State Strategic Statistical Plans (SSSPs), Diversion of forest land under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 for Koldam Hydro Power, etc.

After detailed deliberations, the Standing Committee resolved several issues at its level and finalized a list of issues for discussion at the meeting of the Northern Zonal Council, which is likely to be held during July 2013.

20th meeting of Eastern Zonal Council held on 17th April, 2013 at Kolkata.
The 20th meeting of Eastern Zonal Council, comprising of the States of West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand, was held on 17th April, 2013 at Kolkata. Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Hon'ble Union Home Minister chaired the meeting which was hosted by the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Governor of Jharkhand, Ministers, Chief Secretaries and senior officers from the Member States and various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India attended the meeting.

The Council 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 & scheduled tribes, etc.

Union Home Minister Launches New Website of Inter State Council Secretariat

Union Home Minister Shri P. Chidambaram launched the new website of the Inter State Council Secretariat on 14th May 2012.

The new website developed in house by the Secretariat provides a wealth of information on the genesis, constitution, procedure and meetings of the Inter State Council and Zonal Councils, the evolution of Indian States and various issues of Centre State and Inter State Relations.

Ninth Meeting of the Standing Committee of Central Zonal Council

Ninth meeting of the Standing Committee of Central Zonal Council was held on 22nd August, 2012 in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi. The meeting was Chaired by Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh and attended by Chief Secretary, Chhattisgarh, Secretary(GAD), Uttar Pradesh and Additional Residence Commissioner, Uttarakhand and other Sr. officers from the Government of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh apart from 35 officers representing 22 Central Ministries/Departments. Madhya Pradesh is the current Chairman of the Central Zonal Council.

The Standing Committee discussed several important issues related to mega city policing, modernization of Police Forces, issues related to UP State Reorganization Act, policy for ground water recharge, development of roads, flood management, sharing of power, State Strategic Statistical Plans, levy of purchase tax on opium by state government, issues related to railways, Modernization of Prisons, etc.

After detailed deliberations, the Standing Committee resolved several issues at its level and finalized a list of 18 issues for placing before the Central Zonal Council.

Meeting of the Southern Zonal Council held on 16th November, 2012.

The 25th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council was held in Bengaluru on 16th November 2012 under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde.

The meeting was hosted by the State Government of Karnataka and apart from Shri Jagdish Shettar, Chief Minister, Karnataka Shri Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, and Shri Rangaswamy, Chief Minister of Pudduchery attended the meeting. While Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu was represented by Sri. O.Panneerselvam, Minister for Finance and that of Kerala was represented by with Shri K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law & housing from Kerala. Senior Ministers of State Governments, Chief Secretaries of the States, Advisors and representatives of Central Ministries and Inter State and Zonal Council Secretariat also attended the meeting.

The Council took decisions on important issues of regional cooperation among Southern States. These include issues like central allocation of funds, infrastructure projects, coastal erosion, fisheries, police administration, human trafficking etc.

International Conference on Strengthening Green Federalism: Sharing International practices
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in collaboration with Inter-state Council Secretariat, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Forum of Federations, and the World Bank, organized a two-day 'International Conference on Strengthening Green Federalism: Sharing International Practices' on 29-30 October, 2012 at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

The conference was inaugurated by Honourable Vice President of India, Mr M Hamid Ansari and was attended by delegates from over 16 countries, including federal systems such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India Nigeria, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States of America.

Shri P G Dhar Chakrabarti, Additional Secretary & Adviser, Inter State Council Secretariat delivered the Vote of thanks and a lecture on 'Federalism and environment policy in India' in the conference. More ... Summary of Proceedings

26 th Meeting of the Northern Zonal Council held in Chandigarh on 13th July 2012.
The 26th Meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held in Chandigarh on 13th July 2012 under the Chairmanship of Shri P. Chidambaram, Union Home Minister. The meeting was hosted by the State Government of Punjab and was attended by the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Deputy Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab, Administrator of Chandigarh and Lt. Governor of Delhi, besides senior Ministers of State Governments, Chief Secretaries of the States, Advisors and representatives of Central Ministries and Inter State and Zonal Council Secretariat.

The Council took decisions on important issues of regional cooperation among Northern States. These includes fiscal and infrastructural harmony, subsidized helicopter services, joint efforts for export of fruits, flowers and vegetables; trafficking in women and children, implementation of CCTNS, implementation of ongoing projects related to public transport, installation of Automatic Gauge Recorder, etc. The council recommended new initiative for disposal of hazardous and electronic waste, improving forest cover, completion of rural electrification, etc.