GST and migration issues discussed in 12th ISC meet chaired by Rajnath Singh



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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 12th meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter-State Council (ISC), in New Delhi on Saturday.

Addressing the meeting, Rajnath Singh said that a number of steps have been taken in recent years by the Central Government to promote cooperative federalism. "A number of important State-to-State and Centre-State issues that are raised at these meetings find resolution. In 2015 such 82 issues were resolved and 140 issues were resolved in 2016,"  Singh mentioned in his statement.

Matters related to financial transfers from the Centre to the States; Goods and Services Tax; Structure and devolution of functions to local bodies; District Planning; Special provisions for Fifth and Sixth Scheduled Areas; Maintenance of communal harmony; Deployment of Central Forces; Migration issues; Police reforms; Criminal justice system and other internal security issues were a few issues raised for discussions in the meeting.

The Standing Committee at its meeting considered 118 recommendations contained in Volumes-III, IV and V and finalised its recommendations. The Punchhi Commission was set up by the Government under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) Madan Mohan Punchhi, former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India in 2005. The Punchhi Commission submitted its report in 2010 containing 273 recommendations in 7 volumes.

The 11th meeting of the Standing Committee of ISC was held on 9th April this year and 69 recommendations of the Punchhi Commission relating to the Constitutional provisions on various subjects such as the role of Governors, the Inter-State Council, assent to bills passed by Legislative Assemblies etc. were discussed. The convening of the Standing Committee meetings twice in the same year reflects the importance attached to the promotion of  harmonious Centre-State relations.

The meeting was also attended by the Union Ministers of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley; Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Chief Minister (CM) of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, CM Odisha Naveen Patnaik, CM Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Scindia and CM Tripura Manik Sarkar as members. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for law and Justice, Hardeep S Puri, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development were present as special invitees. States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were represented by their ministers.

Representatives of 30 Union Ministries/Departments and 7 State Governments were also present to assist the Committee in its deliberations. 

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