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Zonal Council

Zonal Councils of India

Zonal Councils are advisory councils and are made up of the states of India that have been grouped into five zones to foster cooperation among them. These were set up vide Part-III of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956.

The Home Minister of Central Government is the common chairman of five zonal councils. Each chief minister acts as a vice chairman of the council by rotation, holding office for a period of one year at a time.

The present composition of each of these Zonal Councils is as under:[1]

The North Eastern states are not covered by any of the Zonal Councils and their special problems are addressed by another statutory body, the North Eastern Council, created by the North Eastern Council Act, 1971.[3] This council originally comprised Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura; later the state of Sikkim was also added vide North Eastern Council (Amendment) Act, 2002 notified on 23 December 2002.[4]

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep are not members of any of the Zonal Councils.[5] However, they are presently special invitees to the Southern Zonal Council.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ M Laxmikanth (2020). Indian Polity (6th ed.). McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited. p. 15.5. ISBN 978-93-89538-47-2.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Zonal Council |". mha.nic.in. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "The States Reorganisation Act, 1956 (Act No.37 Of 1956)" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Present Composition of the Southern Zonal Council" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.

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