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Governance Performance of Indian States

Building on a methodology developed in an earlier paper, the results of an exercise in ranking Indian states based on five sets of criteria--infrastructure, social services, fiscal performance, justice, law and order, and quality of the legislature--are presented to show how states have fared relative to each other between 2001-02 and 2011-12. What emerges is that five of the six best-performing states of 2001 were also the best performers in 2011. Similarly, four of the six worst performers of 2001 were also among the worst performers of 2011. A consequence of such stickiness of rankings at the top and the bottom is growing regional disparity between the more- and less-developed states.

Federal Fiscal Relations : Big Step Back

A correspondent writes: At the meeting of the Inter-State Council (INC) the states are reported to have won a number of points, the most important one being that in the appointment of governors consultation with the chief minister would be mandatory. Also it was agreed that taxation would be transferred to the Concurrent List
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