Seven More Questions For NITI
Has the Modi government reduced the new body’s powers and stature?
NITI Aayog runs the risk of ending up with very little powers unless its roles are more sharply defined.
Now what happens to the Five Year Plans and the states’ plan bodies?
Not clear if the FYP has died; meanwhile, states are left with no institution to discuss their plans with.
Who will now decide on allocation of centrally sponsored schemes?
?As in case of the Modi government’s first budget, the finance ministry is likely to get that role?
So will the PMO and the finance ministry become all-powerful in matters of federal relations?
With a final say in fund allocations, the PMO and FM will hold the cards?
Isn’t it possible to expand the role of the quasi-judicial Finance Commission?
?That seems desirable, but will require a constitutional...