Three states and as many Union Territories talked about the problems of river water sharing, the safety and development of women empowerment, arranging fast-track courts, cyber security and the issue of building up rural banking with union Home Minister Amit Shah during an assembly of the Northern Zonal Council in Jaipur on Saturday.
Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) Amit Shah asked the states to resolve the problems friendly and through dialogue.
The “complex issues” of sharing river water among the member-states were discussed, and Shah asked the states to take a “friendly approach to the problem and set a time limit for solution”, the MHA said. “Shri Amit Shah said that all members should come together to establish a strong joint teamwork for development, for which purpose the area-wise councils were established.”
Haryana CM Manohar Lal khattar attended the meeting, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, Ladakh L-G Radha Krishna Mathur, Chandigarh Administrator Banwarilal Purohit, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, and senior ministers of the member-states.
In the meeting, Shah told the Council’s role is consulting, and Amit Shah is glad to note that in his term of three years (as Home Minister), more than 75 per cent of problems in the zonal Council have been set on by agreement. “A total of 47 problems were discussed in the 30th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council held in Rajasthan and the 19th meeting of its standing assembly,” the Ministry of Home Affairs stated.
“Of these, four problems have been recognized as important topics at the national level; these are being regularly monitored and discussed in the assembly in various zonal committees. These include improving the banking sector in rural regions, regularly monitoring matters of rape and sexual offences against women, setting up fast-track courts for such cases and implementing Direct Benefit Transfer,” he added.
Of 47 issues discussed briefly, 35 have been resolved, according to the ministry of home affairs. The continuously growing one of the biggest threats of digital crime or cybercrime and plans for its prevention were also discussed, the MHA remarked.
Shah “underlined upon the States and Union Territories to conduct awareness campaigns on cyber-frauds through different mediums, ” stated. “Given the profound impact of cyber-fraud on national interest or public integrity order and financial activity, the Council zone emphasized the need to ensure the security of the nation’s cyberspace and the security of Indians whole.”
The assembly also announced that a committee headed by the Union Home Secretary and all concerned departments and state governments would prepare a plan to deal with the increasing risk of cybercrime or cyber frauds.
“The Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that in the northern area of India, inter-state disputes and outcome of issues between the Central government and States government are very significant for the nation’s development and for strengthening the federal structure.