Assembly hosts conference on Centre-State relations, Federalism

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Assembly hosts conference on Centre-State relations, Federalism

Thursday, 24 November 2022 | PNS | Ranchi

A national conference on ‘Centre-State Relations’ was held on Wednesday (November 23) by the Jharkhand Assembly along with National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi and PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, as part of 22nd foundation day celebrations of Jharkhand Assembly.


This is the first time in Country that such an academic initiative is being taken up by a Legislative Assembly in collaboration with National Law University.  The purpose of the conference was to deliberate upon the federal structure of Country as envisaged by the Constituent Assembly, structured in the Constitution and the current state of affairs of the Centre-State relations.


The Assembly Speaker, introducing the history and geographical importance of Jharkhand, set the objectives of the conference.  Speaker stressed on the point that these 73 years of independent India saw ups and downs in the centre-state relations and the Constitution stood the test of time.  Referring to the verdict of the Supreme Court in Kesavananda Bharati case, the Speaker said federalism is part of the basic structure of the Constitution and it is the duty of all of us to let the federal set up of our country be successful. He also said, States shall be permitted to act within their sphere without any interference from the centre.  He hoped that the National Conference will address the key issues raised in contemporary India with reference to the Centre-State relations.


Prof. (Dr.) Kesava Rao Vurrakula, Vice Chancellor, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi introduced the speakers of the conference and said the academic deliberations are the basis of the evolution of law and policy.  He thanked the Jharkhand Assembly for coming up with such an idea of bringing up academicians and legislators together.  Referring Jharkhand Assembly and NUSRL as sharing father and son bonding, he recalled the birth of the University through the State Legislative Act.


With these words, he introduced the eminent resource persons, Prof. (Dr.) A Laxminath, Professor Emeritus, Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad and Former Vice Chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Delhi, Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Sinha, Director, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, among others.


Ten crucial aspects of the Centre-State relations were part of the deliberations in the conference.  They were: Distribution of legislative powers between Centre and States; Fiscal federalism in India; All India Services and Centre State Relations; Judiciary on Federalism; Role and functions of Governor vis-a-vis Indian Federalism; Role of Central Investigating Agencies in Federal Set up; Working of the Inter-State Councils vis-à-vis the Fiscal and Administrative federalism in India; Local Self Governance and Indian Federalism; Centre-State Relations & Its impact on good governance; Centre-State relations & Covid-19 Pandemic and co-operative federalism in India.


 All the speakers agreed to the point that the Constitutional makers framed a federalism which is titled towards centre, but adequately ensured the role of States in the governance and administration.  Our constitution shall strive to be organic, living and dynamic with regard to the centre-state relations, by bringing out a healthy and harmonious environment.  In valedictory session, Speaker, Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha,  MLA, Stephen Marandi, MLA, Alamgir Alam, Minister, Parliamentary Affairs appreciated the efforts of the resource persons for deliberating on such crucial aspect of contemporary India and thanked the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi and PRS Legislative Assembly for making this event successful.

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