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BIHAR CHIEF Minister Nitish Kumar’s charge that the Jharkhand government was not doing enough to help his government implement prohibition — and was, in fact, encouraging consumption of liquor in districts bordering the state — seemed to get an official recognition at the Eastern Zonal Council meeting held Monday.
It was decided that Chief Secretaries of the two states would sit together and sort out issues related to liquor under the Excise Act, besides addressing eight other unresolved issues.
The meeting, held here at the Indian Institute of Coal Management, was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Nitish and his Jharkhand counterpart, Raghubar Das, who have been involved in a war of words over the Bihar CM’s charge, later told the media that all outstanding issues would be resolved through meetings at the Chief Secretary-level.
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The issue of Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) and the need for a unified command and better coordination — besides modernisation of police forces — were also discussed. “LWE is a common problem in some of the states. Therefore, it has to be tackled jointly with regular coordination and mutual cooperation,” Singh said in a statement.
Among the other issues discussed were curbing of communal tension and drug trafficking, measures to bring green revolution to eastern India, and issues relating to fisheries, productivity of livestock and poultry.
For Jharkhand, the only issue that got resolved was Bihar agreeing to provide 82,000 cadastral and revenue maps affecting 29,000 villages in the state.