The role of fi­nance com­mis­sion needs to be re­con­sid­ered, says Te­lan­gana CM

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HYDERABAD: Favour­ing a relook at the role of the fi­nance com­mis­sion and the way de­vo­lu­tion of funds is made to states, Te­lan­gana chief min­is­ter K Chan­drashekar Rao said it is bet­ter if the com­mis­sion be­comes a pol­icy for­mu­lat­ing body.

He was speak­ing at a meet­ing with of­fi­cials Satur­day ahead of a likely visit of the 15th Fi­nance Com­mis­sion to the state.

“The fi­nance com­mis­sion vis­its states with pre­oc­cu­pied no­tions. They come with pre­oc­cu­pied ideas like TOR (terms of ref­er­ence) which in fact should be done after they com­plete their visit, dis­cuss with state gov­ern­ments and take their views,” he said.

Rao s ai d t here i s a l ot of “di­ver­sity” with re­gard to the re­quire­ments of states, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from his of­fice.

“It is bet­ter if the fi­nance com­mis­sion be­comes a pol­icy for­mu­lat­ing body. De­vo­lu­tion is the right of the states. Lot of di­ver­sity is there with ref­er­ence to states’ re­quire­ments,” he said.

He said the fi­nance com­mis­sion should think of lev­er­ag­ing the In­dian econ­omy to achieve higher growth, adding that “its role has to be to­tally changed and its func­tion­ing should not be a rou­tine af­fair”.

Ob­serv­ing that there is cen­tral­i­sa­tion with re­gard to de­vo­lu­tion of pol­icy from the Cen­tre, he said it is un­for­tu­nate that pol­icy de­vo­lu­tion is in a man­ner of “dis­hon­our­ing state gov­ern­ments and states’ pow­ers”.

“The broad fis­cal pol­icy lies with the gov­ern­ment of In­dia. What­ever they are sup­posed to de­volve, they have in­stead cen­tralised. I told Niti Aayog in one of the meet­ings that the Cen­tre should not come in the way of grow­ing states. The growth of the state should be con­sid­ered as the growth of coun­try,” he said.

“Do not dis­in­cen­tivise grow­ing states. Even for mea­gre funds lots of con­di­tions are im­posed by the Cen­tre. The re­la­tion that should ex­ist be­tween the Union gov­ern­ment and state gov­ern­ment is ab­sent. It’s highly un­for­tu­nate that the poli­cies’ de­vo­lu­tion is in a man­ner of dis­hon­our­ing state gov­ern­ment and states’ pow­ers,” Rao said.

It’s bet­ter if fi­nance com­mis­sion be­comes a pol­icy for­mu­lat­ing body. De­vo­lu­tion is the right of the states.

K CHAN­DRASHEKAR RAO, Te­lan­gana chief min­is­ter

ARVIND YA­DAV/HT PHOTO

Union min­is­ters Radha Mo­han Singh (right) and Vi­jay Goel (left) present the Lok Ab­hiyan Sewa Award to se­nior lawyer and for­mer AAP leader HS Phoolka (cen­tre) for his role in fight­ing for jus­tice to the vic­tims of 1984 anti-sikh ri­ots, in New Delhi on Sun­day.

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