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Issues Before the Thirteenth Finance Commission

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  • M.Govinda Rao

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  • Tapas K. Sen

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  • Pratap R Jena

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The paper argues that irrespective of the wording of the Terms of Reference (ToR), the Commission would do well to focus on its primary task of recommending transfers to serve the objective of equity and incentives. While it is required to take into account a number of considerations, the focus should be on the transfer system. As an impartial body, the Commission should make a fair assessment of the union as well as state governments, ignoring the asymmetries in the wording of the ToR. [WP No. 55].

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  • M.Govinda Rao & Tapas K. Sen & Pratap R Jena, 2008. "Issues Before the Thirteenth Finance Commission," Working Papers id:1709, eSocialSciences.
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    1. Rajesh Chadha, 2009. "Moving to Goods and Services Tax in India : Impact on India’s Growth and International Trade," Trade Working Papers 23071, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    2. Kalirajan, Kaliappa & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2012. "Fiscal Decentralization and Development Outcomes in India: An Exploratory Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(8), pages 1511-1521.
    3. Pratap Ranjan Jena, 2016. "Reform Initiatives in the Budgeting System in India," Public Budgeting & Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(1), pages 106-124, February.
    4. Abhay Pethe & B.M.Misra & Rakhe.P.B, 2008. "STRENGTHENING DECENTRALIZATION - Augmenting the Consolidated Fund of the states by th Thirteenth Finacnce Commission: A NORMATIVE APPROACH," Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai Working Papers 31, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.

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