Kerala to host Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry finance ministers today to discuss Centre's allocation of funds

Finance ministers of southern states will meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday at a conference convened by Kerala to discuss the concerns on the 15th Finance Commission

PTI April 10, 2018 08:26:59 IST
Kerala to host Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry finance ministers today to discuss Centre's allocation of funds

Thiruvananthapuram: Finance ministers of the southern states would meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday at a conference convened by Kerala to discuss the concerns and views on the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission.

Talking to reporters, Kerala finance minister TM Thomas Isaac said the changes in the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission, that would adversely affect the southern states, has not become a debate in the country.

Kerala to host Andhra Tamil Nadu Karnataka Puducherry finance ministers today to discuss Centres allocation of funds

File image of Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac. News18

"The objective of the conference was to highlight the issue and make it a national agenda for debate", Isaac said.

Slamming the Centre, he said the ToR was against the federal co-operative structure of the country.

"We will not allow to destroy the federal co-operative structure of the nation', he said.

The ToR has recommended using the 2011 census to calculate population for allocation of union tax revenue in place of 1971 census, which was used by previous Finance Commissions.

This would adversely affect the southern states, he said.

There was uncertainty over the incentives to be given to states, he added.

There were several issues that have to be discussed at the national level. The meeting would be a first step towards that, Isaac said.

The Centre should provide freedom to the 15th Finance Commission to hear the states, he said.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has confirmed participation in the conference, which would be inaugurated by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, he said.

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