New Delhi, IANS. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reconstituted the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council with 13 members. According to a gazette notification issued on Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs took the step with the notification of the Inter-State Council Secretariat dated August 9, 2019 and the approval of the Prime Minister.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the chairman of the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council, four additional members- Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is one of the Union cabinet ministers in the council.

Besides these, the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will be the members of the new committee on the terms of reference of the Council. It examines all matters relating to Centre-State relations before they are taken up for consideration in the Inter-State Council, reads the Gazette notification. For this the committee also monitors the implementation of the decisions taken on the recommendations of the council by the chairman or the council. Considers any other matter connected therewith.

The Inter-State Council was established as a permanent body on 28 May 1990 by a Presidential Order on the recommendation of the Sarkaria Commission, which also recommended that a permanent Inter-State Council be called the Inter-Governmental Council. (IGC) should be established under Article 263. The ISC has been set up as per the recommendation of the Commission. The purpose of the ISC is to discuss or investigate policies, topics of common interest, and disputes between states.

Edited By: Arun Kumar Singh