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New Delhi, March 4, 2020
The 15th Finance Commission will hold a consultation meeting with the Finance Ministers of all States here on March 13.
The meeting will discuss issues related to the final report of the Finance Commission for 2021-26 which the Commission is likely to submit in October this year, an official press release said.
In particular, the Commission would like to seek views of the Finance Ministers on how the State FRBMs can be aligned with the Central FRBM legislation and also determine the priority of the state-specific grant proposals that have been submitted by the State Governments.
The Commission would also welcome any additional inputs which can inform its approach to the complex issues related to fiscal federalism. Considering the significantly enhanced response both of disaster management and Urban Local Bodies and Rural Local Bodies, an exchange on optimum utilization of funds will also be part of the discussion of the Commission with the States.
The issue of timely constitution of the State Finance Commissions as well as the action taken post their recommendations are likely to be discussed. The Commission also plans to discuss the projections of the State Governments regarding the State Domestic Product (SDP) and the tax buoyancy projected by them for the period of the award of the Commission. This is considered very significant as it impacts the quantum of resource for the revenue deficit grants.
The 15th Finance Commission’s terms of reference were amended by the President in November 2019 to extend the term of the Commission till October 2020. The Commission has also been asked to submit two reports, one for the year 2020-21 and a second report for the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
The Finance Commission’s report for the financial year 2020-21 was substantially accepted by the Union Government and presented in the Lok Sabha along with the Union Budget for 2020-21. The Commission is now working to complete the task of recommending fiscal transfers for the extended award period.