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Inter-State Council

Context:

The Inter-State Council, which works to promote and support cooperative federalism in the country, has been reconstituted with PM Modi as Chairman and CMs of all States and six Union Ministers as members.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance  (Federalism)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Inter-State Council
  2. Aims of the ISC
  3. Composition
  4. Functions of Inter-State Council

About Inter-State Council:

  • Article 263 of the Indian constitution gives provision for the establishment of an Inter-State Council.
  • This will improve collaboration between the Center and the States.
  • It is the most vibrant platform for debating policies, strengthening Centre-State relations, and serving as a bridge between the Center and the States.

Aims of the ISC

  • Decentralisation of powers to the states as much as possible
  • More transfer of financial resources to the states
  • Arrangements for devolution in such a way that the states can fulfil their obligations
  • Advancement of loans to states should be related to as ‘the productive principle’
  • Deployment of Central Armed Police Forces in the states either on their request or otherwise

Composition

Prime Minister acts as the chairman of the council.

Members of Inter-State Council

  • Union Ministers of Cabinet rank in the Union
  • Council of Ministers nominated by the Prime Minister.  
  • Chief Ministers of all states.
  • Chief Ministers of Union Territories having a Legislative Assembly
  • Administrators of UTs not having a Legislative Assembly.
  • Governors of the states being administered under President’s rule.

Functions of Inter-State Council

  • Inquiring into and providing advice on potential inter-state disputes
  • Investigating and debating topics of common interest to the states of the union.
  • Making recommendations on any such subject for enhanced policy and action coordination on that subject.

-Source: The Hindu

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