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5) In the last decade, the proliferation of big-ticket Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has emerged as the key fiscal strategy to transfer grants to States to achieve a certain outcome in a specific sector, especially in health, education, agriculture and rural development. In the light of recent recommendations made by the Fourteenth Finance Commission, critically examine if the existing fund transfer mechanism is suited to achieve the goal of ‘cooperative federalism’, if not, suggest what needs to be done in this regard.

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5) In the last decade, the proliferation of big-ticket Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has emerged as the key fiscal strategy to transfer grants to States to achieve a certain outcome in a specific sector, especially in health, education, agriculture and rural development. In the light of recent recommendations made by the Fourteenth Finance Commission, critically examine if the existing fund transfer mechanism is suited to achieve the goal of ‘cooperative federalism’, if not, suggest what needs to be done in this regard. (200 Words)

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