Why in News?
12th meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter-State Council (ISC) was recently held, various issues were discussed including the recommendation of the Puncchi Commission
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
The Standing Committee
The Standing committee of the Inter-State council was set up in 1996, for continuous consultation and processing of matters for the Consideration of the Council.
- Union Home Minister as Chairman
- Five Union Cabinet Ministers
- Nine Chief Ministers
The Puncchi Commission was set up by the Government under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) Madan Mohan Puncchi, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India in 2005, to take a fresh look at relative roles and responsibilities of various levels of government and their inter-relations, The Puncchi Commission submitted its report in 2010.
The Major recommendations revolved around the following-
i)Evolution of Centre-state relations
ii)Constitutional scheme of relations, covering recommendations regarding Article 19, Article 355 and 356 and Article 263.
iii)Economic and financial relations and recommendations include upgrading of the planning model to remove regional imbalances.
iv)Recommendations regarding 73rd and 74th amendments and the Sixth Schedule.
v)Internal security, covering issues like terror, Naxalism, insurgency and communal violence.
vi)Environment issues and resource-sharing, particularly of rivers and minerals
vii)Social development and good governance.