28th September – Cess

Cess The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in its latest audit report of government accounts, has observed that the Union government withheld in the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI) more than ₹1.1 lakh crore out of the almost ₹2.75 lakh crore collected through various cesses in 2018-19. Why is it objectionable? The CAG …

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Centre-State relations

7th September – Centre-State relations

Centre-state relations under federalism Arguably, federalism or the centre-state relations are at its lowest point in recent decades. The ongoing tussle over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation accentuates a rather worrying trend.  Recent issues between centre and the states – GST Compensation – Finance ministers of states like Punjab, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Rajasthan …

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20th January – One government proposes, other deposes

Since coming to power, Andhra Pradesh State Government has cancelled or put on hold a number of high-profile State contracts and projects, many involving foreign partners who now face huge losses. Arguments in favour – Officials say reviewing commitments made by the previous government will increase accountability and decrease corruption in the State, but outside …

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10th January – The Indian Constitution’s unitary tilt

The recent political developments around the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have revealed some of the most significant crevices of Indian federalism. Many state governments (ruled by opposition parties) declared that they would not implement the legislation in their respective states. Constitutional provisions – Article 256 of the Constitution …

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A blow against federalism

On March 1, 2019, the 77th and 103rd constitutional amendments were extended to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by presidential order, with the concurrence of the J&K Governor. These relate to reservations in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State services and special provisions for the advancement of economically weaker sections, respectively. However, …

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Cooperative Federalism : Realising the spirit

The report on India’s internal ease of doing business ranking, conducted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) titled ‘Business Reform Action Plan’ was recently released. The rankings are modelled on international ranking systems. Key reform areas to be considered Single-window system Tax reforms Construction permits Environment and labour reforms Inspection reforms Commercial disputes …

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