Center ready to invite views of states on Punchhi Commission report

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Center ready to invite views of states on Punchhi Commission report

Recently, the Union Home Ministry has decided to seek the opinion of the states again after 5 years on the Punchhi Commission report.

  • Earlier in the year 2017-2018, the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council (ISC) reviewed this report for the first time.
  • In the year 2007, a commission was constituted on Centre-State Relations. Former Chief Justice of the country Justice Madan Mohan Punchhi was its chairman. This commission submitted its report in 2010.
  • The Punchhi Commission made 273 recommendations in its seven-volume report.

Key recommendations of the Punchhi Commission –

  • Before introducing a bill on the subjects of the Concurrent List, the Central Government should consult the States through the Inter-State Council.
  • There is a need to amend Article-355 of the Constitution. The interests of the states should be given priority through amendment, so that the central government cannot misuse this article.
  • Article – 355 provides for the duty of the union to protect the states.
  • The exercise of the power received by the Center under Article-356 should be limited only to the resolution of the failure of the constitutional machinery in the State.
  • A National Integration Council should be set up on the lines of the US Department of Homeland Security to deal with matters related to internal security.
  • A non-political person should be appointed to the post of governor or such a person should be appointed to this post, who has stayed away from active politics for at least two years before the appointment.
  • The provision for impeachment of the Governor should also be made in the same manner as the provision for impeachment of the President has been made under Article 61.
  • The first commission on Centre-State relations was the Sarkaria Commission. This commission submitted its report in 1988.
  • Its main recommendation was to set up a permanent Inter-State Council under Article-263.

Duties of the Inter-State Council –

  • To inquire into and advise on disputes arising between States.
  • To examine and discuss matters in which some or all of the States or the Union and one or more of the States are of common interest;
  • To make suggestions on any such subject and especially to make recommendations for better co-ordination of policy and action in relation to that subject etc.

Source – Indian Express

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