-Chief Ministers of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal will not attend
Patna,(His). The 26th meeting of the Eastern Regional Council will be held under the chairmanship of Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in Patna today (Sunday) at 2 pm in the communication room of the Chief Minister’s Office. In the meeting, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will raise the issue of granting special state status to Bihar. Various issues including silt management of rivers and construction of Kosi High Dam will be discussed in the meeting.
A wide range of issues will be discussed in the regional council. These include mining, central financial assistance on certain items, creation of infrastructure, land acquisition and land transfer, water sharing, implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme (DBT), state-reorganization and regional level common interests etc. Chief Secretaries and other senior officials of the State Governments along with senior officials of the Central Government will also participate in the meeting. Five regional councils were established in the year 1957 under Section 15-22 of the States Reorganization Act 1956. The Union Home Minister is the chairman of these five regional councils.
Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon, Welfare Minister Champai Soren, West Bengal Minister of State for Finance Chandrima Bhattacharya and Odisha Ministers Pradeep Kumar and Tushar Kranti Behera will attend the meeting of the Eastern Regional Council. Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena will also attend. Chief Ministers of three states are not coming to participate in it. Union Home Minister Shah will reach the dialogue room directly from Patna Airport in the afternoon. The meeting will continue till five o’clock.
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