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

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Unprepossessing NOW that the Tenth Finance Commission has been appointed and its terms of reference announced, it is relevant to recall the debate which the Ninth Finance Commission's appointment and terms of reference,the latter particularly, had provoked, It is also important to bear in mind that while much of the public articulation, at the political level, had come from the states where non-Congress governments were in power, the perceptions of states ruled by the Congress were not very different. The non-Congress state governments had made two major points; one that there had been no effective consultation with the states on cither the composition of the Finance Commission or on its terms of reference; and the other that the commission's terms of reference, the way they had been drawn up, encroached upon the freedom and the powers the Constitution gave to the Finance Commission in the discharge of its functions.

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