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.