ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Terms of Reference of Ninth Finance Commission-Some Preliminary Comments

The terms of reference of the just-appointed Ninth Finance Commission are different from those of all previous commissions in several significant aspects. In the wording of the terms of reference what were guidelines to the previous commissions have been made directions to the Ninth Commission by the use of the phrase 'the Commission shall'. This is a curtailment of the discretion of the Finance Commission which goes against the provisions and spirit of Article 280 of the constitution.

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