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Terms of Reference of Ninth Finance-Commission-Further Comment

Terms of Reference of Ninth Finance Commission Further Comment G Thimmaiah IN his reply (EPW, November 28, 1987) BPR Vithal (BPRV) has maintained that (i) my defence of the use of the word 'shall' in the terms of reference of the Ninth Finance Commission (NFC) amounts to defending the right of the union government to give directions to the commission; (ii) my justification of the union government's directive to adopt normative approach on the excuse that past Finance Commissions failed to develop a more appropriate approach is an insult to the commissions; and (iii) my extensive advice on how to opera- tionalise the normative approach is naive and based on unrealistic premises.

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