Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired the 26th meeting of the Western Zonal Council in Gandhinagar and asked the member states to work on three issues of national importance – POSHAN Abhiyaan, reducing the dropout rate of school children and taking benefits of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to every poor. The Minister also inaugurated an e-Resource web portal of the InterState Council Secretariat.
Shah said that after the passage of the three new Bills – Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill – recently introduced by the Modi government in the Parliament, no case can continue for more than two years. The Home Minister asked all the States to work towards creating the necessary basic infrastructure and capacity for the implementation of these laws.
Stating that member states of the Western Zonal Council share long coastlines where there are highly sensitive institutions and industries, Mr Shah underlined the need for sustained efforts towards ensuring tight security.
A wide range of issues including those concerning national interest was discussed in the meeting. Among the critical Issues discussed at the meeting related to transfer of land, water supply, Implementation of the Scheme of Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) for expeditious disposal of rape and POCSO Act cases, utilisation of Bharat Net infrastructure by states for providing broadband connectivity to households in villages, adoption of telecom RoW rules by states for facilitating roll out of 5G and implementation of Motor Vehicles Rules, 2022.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Administrator of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and other ministers and senior officers from the states and Central ministries and departments.