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Ministers of 5 states meet President on Finance Commission

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Finance Ministers of Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and the of Puducherry met here on Thursday and submitted a memorandum urging amendments to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th

The ministers said that the ToR would destroy the financial autonomy of the states.

These states had earlier protested that they would lose out because of the Commission's decision to use the 2011 population census instead of 1971 as a basis for devolution of taxes from the to the states, as they had successfully controlled their population.

Jointly addressing the media here on Thursday after meeting the President, Finance Minister said that they had requested Kovind to amend the ToR by taking precedents from the past.

"Shifting of population base year from 1971 to 2011 violates the resolutions of the Parliament... We want 1971 as base year for population calculation," Issac said.

When asked whether the promised any change, Issac told IANS: "The did not promise anything. But he will definitely look into it."

Finance Minister alleged that the ToR was made with the thought of "How to overshadow states" and "How to control the financial autonomy of states".

He also said that many aspects of the ToR "destabilise the well-settled federal arrangement" of

The Finance Ministers of the southern states of Kerala, and and Puducherry had met on April 10 and decided to submit a joint memorandum to the President.

Later they met in Amaravati in to work on the memorandum.

"Centre asks 15th FC to use 2011 census data instead of 1971 census used so far to determine devolution of taxes. This will further affect the interests of the south. We need to resist," the then said in a tweet on March 23.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:34 IST