Important issues like creation of a unified agricultural market for the nation and measures to involve the States more closely in planning and delivery of services among others will figure during the meeting of the 11th Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council on Sunday to be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The meeting being convened after a gap of 12 years will discuss the recommendations of the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations. The recommendations of the Standing Committee will be placed before the Inter State Council at its next meeting.
“The concerned Union Ministries and all the State Governments responded to the recommendations made in the report by providing detailed comments. The comments have been analysed and will be discussed at this high level forum,” the Union Home Ministry said in a statement.
The forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter State Council will be examining the first three volumes of the Punchhi Commission’s report. The subjects expected to be discussed at the meeting include significant issues concerning Centre-State relations like Role of Governors, Centrally-sponsored schemes and financial transfers from the Centre to the States, Creation of a unified agricultural market for the nation, Measures to involve the States more closely in planning and delivery of services, Steps to be adopted to make Inter State Council more vibrant and measures directed towards better fiscal management by the Centre and the States.
The Punchhi Commission, notified in 2005, submitted its report in 2010. The recommendations of the Punchhi Commission, which are contained in seven volumes, pertain to History of Centre-State Relations in India, Constitutional Governance and Management of Centre-State Relations, Centre-State Financial Relations and Planning, Local Self-Governments and Decentralized Governance, Internal Security, Criminal Justice and Centre State Cooperation, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure and Socio-Economic Development, Public Policy and Good Governance.
The members of the Standing Committee include the Union Ministers for External Affairs, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Information and Broadcasting, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping and the Chief Ministers of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.