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Hardly ‘Uncooperative’

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In the editorial titled “‘Uncooperative’ Federalism” (EPW, 14 April 2018), I find both the title and the content unacceptable. In the “terms of reference” (ToR) of the Fifteenth Finance Commission (XV-FC), the use of the 2011 Census is well justified. We cannot be tied for all time to a census of 1970, which is now about 50 years old. The idea that it will bring less revenue to the South Indian states because they have reduced the population rate, is simply wrong. The ToR also mention the fact that states achieving the replacement rate of population should be taken into account.

Second, it is said that the ToR are heavily loaded in favour of the union government. This is, once again, inaccurate. Just because the devolution of revenue in the last finance commission recommendations is to be reviewed, it does not mean the findings of the XV-FC will tilt towards the interest of the union government.

I have to assert that there has been no effort on the part of the central government to compromise cooperative federalism.

Sukumar Mukhopadhyay

New Delhi

Updated On : 11th May, 2018

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