Finance Commission will try to ensure that performance of any state is


first_imgKolkata: In connection with Bengal government’s “strong opposition to the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Finance Commission which mandates the use of 2011 Census for determining the share of states”, N K Singh, chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, has stated that the TOR is determined by the President of India, but it will certainly be the endeavour of the commission to ensure that performance (of any state) “is not penalised”.Singh and other members of the commission, including Saktikanta Das, Dr Anoop Singh, Dr Ashok Lahiri and Arvind Mehta, secretary, held a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Finance minister Amit Mitra and senior officials of the state government on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the meeting, the Chief Minister has strongly opposed the use of 2011 Census for determining the share of states, as it would be “very unfair on those states which have in the past allocated resources and made concerted efforts to control the population. On the other hand, it incentivises those states which have failed to control population growth.” She further stated in the meeting that “there is no logic as to why good performing states should be victimised” and urged the commission that “1971 Census population should be taken as the basis for determining the share of each state from the divisible pool.” While addressing the Press conference after the meeting, Singh said: “the government of Bengal has raised the issue of the TOR of the Finance Commission. It is not determined by the Finance Commission. It is determined by the President of India. But certainly, it will be the endeavour of the Finance Commission to see that performance is not penalised.”last_img