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

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Time to Invoke Article 307

Enforcing the Constitution's Common Market Mandate

Considering the adverse implications for centre-state relations and the states' autonomy of the growing practice of attaching conditions to central grants to persuade states to implement fiscal and other economic policy reforms - quite apart from whether the conditions are likely to be effective at all - serious thought needs to be given to superior alternatives to enable the central government to discharge its constitutional responsibility to preserve the nationwide common market. And since the centre itself is quite often a party to measures that constrain free trade, it is all the more necessary to entrust the task of enforcing the Constitution's common market mandate to an independent authority such as that contemplated in Article 307.

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