About: Article 263 of the Constitution of India provides for the establishment of an Inter-State Council. The Inter-State Council is a constitutional body that has representatives of the Union government as well as chief ministers of states. The council is chaired by the prime minister, and it also has a few Union ministers as permanent invitees.
Details: The Inter-State Council is thus quite different from the new GST council, whose members are the finance ministers of states rather than their elected political heads. It is also different from the Finance Commission, whose members are technocrats tasked with providing a framework for the distribution of taxes. The Inter-State Council was set up in 1990 following the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.