Explained: What is the Inter-State Council?

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The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister(CM) has written to the Prime Minister asking that at least three meetings of the Inter-State Council should be held every year to strengthen the spirit of cooperative federalism.

The CM also suggested that bills of national importance should be placed before the Council before being tabled in Parliament. This was because there is no effective and interactive communication between the states and the Centre on issues of common interest.

What is the Inter State Council?

The Inter-State Council is a mechanism that was constituted to support Centre-State and Inter-State coordination and cooperation in India.

It was established under Article 263 of the Constitution which states that the President may constitute such a body if a need is felt for it.

Establishment: In 1988, the Sarkaria Commission suggested the Inter State Council should exist as a permanent body and in 1990 it came into existence through a Presidential Order.

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Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What is the Inter-State Council?published in Indian Express on 17th June 2022.

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