Shrill Noises Instead of Arguments

 the States and the Central Government, is the need to devise an institutional mechanism which can normalise Centre-State financial transactions. Any such device has to reduce to the minimum the importance of the political element in Centre- State financial relations. The Centre should devise more rational and apolitical criteria to allocate Central assistance among the States. Once this objective is fulfilled, the State Governments, whatever the ideology they profess, would be less suspicious of the Centre. Further, they would have greater autonomy, particularly in deciding their planning programmes.

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