Ministry of Home Affairs27-February, 2013 17:56 IST
NDC A Constitutional Body

No proposal to make National Development Council a constitutional body is under consideration of the Government, at present.

The Government of India had set up first Commission on Centre-State Relations on 09.06.1983 under the Chairmanship of Justice R.S. Sarkaria, a retired judge of the Supreme Court to review the existing arrangements between the Centre and the States. The Commission in its report submitted in 1988 has made 247 recommendations on various aspects of the Centre-State Relations.

The Sarkaria Commission under Chapter 9 of its report on Inter-Governmental Council under Article 263 of the Constitution has recommended that a permanent Inter-State Council called the Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) should be set up. The Government accepted the recommendation of the Sarkaria Commission and notified the establishment of the Inter-State Council (ISC) through a Presidential Notification No. IV/11017/3/90-CSR dated 28.05.1990 under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister with a mandate limited to clauses (b) and (c) of Article 263 of the Constitution. The other members of the Council include Chief Ministers of States, Chief Ministers/ Administrators of Union Territories and six Ministers of Cabinet rank in the Union Council of Ministers.

The role of the ISC has been reviewed from time to time during the last decade. The National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution under the Chairmanship of Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah (2002) has observed that the Commission, while endorsing the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission, recommends that in resolving problems and coordinating policy and action, the Union as well as the State should more effectively utilize the forum of ISC.

Further, with a view to ensuring more harmonious and healthier relationship between the Centre and the States in future as well as for further strengthening of the third tier of governance, the Government had set up the second Commission on Centre-State Relations on 27.04.2007 under the Chairmanship of Justice M.M. Punchhi, a retired Chief Justice of India. The second Commission on Centre-State Relations has submitted its report on 31.03.2010 and has made 273 recommendations. The recommendations made by the second Commission on Centre-State Relations are under examination in the Inter-State Council Secretariat in consultation with the stakeholders viz. Ministries/ Departments, State Governments/ Union Territories before it is placed before the Inter-State Council.

This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Shri R.P.N.Singh in Rajya Sabha today.

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