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Apr 10, 2018
9:08PM

No inherent bias in Finance Commission's terms of reference to Southern States: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said, there is no inherent bias or mandate in the Terms of Reference, ToRs, of the 15th Finance Commission which can be construed as discriminatory against the States which made good progress in population control. 

It comes in response to concerns expressed by Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as well as the Congress-ruled union territory of Puducherry over the ToR of the Commission. 

In an article, the Finance Minister said, a needless controversy is sought to be created that the terms of reference of the Commission are loaded against any particular region of the country. 

He said, the Commission's terms of reference rightly balance both the needs represented by latest population and progress towards population control very well. 

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