Singh, who inaugurated the 26th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council here, said the NDA government has attached utmost importance to strengthening the institutions of Zonal Council and Inter-State Council.
    
"These institutions have immense potential to resolve a slew of nagging problems by active cooperation between Centre and States and among the States through a healthy debate," an official release quoted Singh as saying in the closed-door meeting.
    
The minister told the participants that the government has been able to hold the meetings of all the Zonal Councils this year. All meetings of Standing Committees of Zonal Councils had also been convened before the meetings of Zonal Councils.
    
He said the government has also reconstituted the Inter-State Council recently which had been pending for a long time and that its meeting would also be convened soon.
    
Singh said the country is facing serious challenges from left-wing extremism which needs to be countered effectively and collectively with the States.

 

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