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To make India an advanced economy by 2047, devolving more power to local governments is crucial, and the 16th Finance Commission can play a pivotal role in this regard

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Ajay Chhibber
As India prepares to become an advanced economy in the next 25 years, a key ingredient to making the leap will be devolving governance functions to lower levels of government. A distinguishing feature of advanced economies is their significant allocation of revenues and responsibilities at the local government level. These include primary education, health care, basic law and order, and civic infrastructure — sewage, water supply, road maintenance and local zoning and regulations. The 16th Finance Commission, which is being set up, can be used to lay out the road map for this transformation and, thereby, also implement the 73rd
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First Published: Apr 20 2023 | 10:10 PM IST

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