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Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



The final report of the maintains continuity in some areas, while making some major changes in others. The report was greatly anticipated — with some concern in many quarters — because the terms of reference provided to the Commission went further in straining federal norms than in previous iterations. The Commission has faithfully considered these fresh terms of reference, and in some cases minimised their impact. The most controversial such change in the reference was the instruction to shift from the 1971 Census to the 2011 Census when it came to determining allocations to the states. On the one hand, this might be considered a necessary updating of the formula, given the vast demographic changes in India since 1971. On the other hand, some states — in the south, in particular — objected, as they saw it as penalising those states that had successfully controlled their population growth in the period since 1971.

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First Published: Thu, February 18 2021. 23:27 IST

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