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Need to rise above sectarian interests: Rajth

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, April 9: Home Minister Rajth Singh on Sunday said all stakeholders should rise above sectarian interests to focus on the larger picture of tiol development. Rajth Singh made the observation while chairing the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council here. Union Fince Minister Arun Jaitley, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Odisha Chief Minister veen Patik and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityath attended the meeting.

Besides, ministers from Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan represented their states at the meeting. The Home Minister said all the stakeholders share a common desire to take the tion forward and prosperity can come only when there is peace and stability, a release said.

He said India is a tion characterised by unity in diversity, and hence it is important that trust and cordiality form the bedrock for centre-state cooperation. The Standing Committee examined various recommendations of the Punchhi Commission contained in Volume 2 and 3, the release said.

The Punchhi Commission was notified in 2005, and it submitted its report in 2010. It made recommendations which are contained in seven volumes. The Volume 2 of the report is related to provisions of the constitution that are concerned with important aspects of Constitutiol governce such as role of Governors, deployment of central forces, federal balance of power, ensuring better coordition between central government and states and other important issues of centre-state relations.

The recommendations in Volume 3 of the Punchhi Commission report are related to centre-state fincial relations and cover the subjects of fiscal transfers to states, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Centre-state fiscal relations.

“The discussions centred around various aspects of Centre-state relations having implications for governce and flowing from Constitutiol provisions. The recommendations of the Standing Committee filised at this meeting will be placed before the Inter-State Council,” the release said. It said that the remaining volumes of the Punchhi Commission recommendations would be taken up in subsequent meetings of the Standing Committee along with the implications of the recent developments in terms of the GST Act, the 14th Fince Commission Report and formation of NITI AAYOG and ratiolisation of Centrally sponsored schemes.

The recommendations of Punchhi Commission pertain to history of centre-state relations in India; constitutiol governce and magement of centre-state relations; centre-state fincial relations; local self-governments and decentralised governce; interl security, crimil justice and centre-state co-operation; environment, tural resources and infrastructure; and socio-economic development, public policy and good governce. (IANS)

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