Fiscal Federalism: Distribution of funds from Centre to States

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions, Relations Between Centre and State    Source: TH, Hindu Business Line   Context: The recent disagreement between the central and Tamil Nadu governments over flood relief following heavy rainfall sparked a debate on the criteria for awarding central grants to states. Also, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has received …

New policy to help Indian communities displaced by annual river & coastal erosion drafted

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Disaster Management   Source: DTE    Context: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) received the final inputs on the draft of India’s first national policy for the mitigation and rehabilitation of the people affected by river and coastal erosion.   Background: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had directed NDMA to …

Centre to roll out process to set up 16th Finance commission soon

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure, Devolution of Powers and Finances up to Local Levels and Challenges Therein   Source: TH  Direction: The article examines the difficulties the 16th Finance Commission will face as the process to establish the 16th FC gets underway.   Context: The government will soon …

Insights into Editorial: Navigating the storm: On the Fifteenth Finance Commission

    Context: Pair of balanced scales maintained by the 15th FC: The government has accepted the Fifteenth Finance Commission’s recommendation to maintain the States’ share in the divisible pool of taxes to 41% for the five-year period starting 2021-22. A pair of balanced scales representing the Union of India and the States, the cover …