ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Fiscal Devolution and Finances of the Urban Local Bodies in Telangana

This paper evaluates the trends of fiscal devolution and the finances of the urban local bodies in Telangana. The functional devolution process and implementation procedures are incomplete despite the implementation of the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act. The municipal financial indicators are not progressive in comparison with many other states. Own revenues of the ULBs are not sufficient to manage the expenditures of the ULBs. There is no significant increase in the total revenues of the ULBs despite increasing expenditures. The expenditure of the ULBs shows a higher proportion of the revenue expenditure compared to the capital expenditure.

A Critique of the Fifteenth Finance Commission

This article analyses the conditions imposed by the central finance commissions on the release of grants to local bodies in the past and assesses the difficulties that they will face to draw the entire grants recommended to them during the Fifteenth Finance Commission period.

Fifteenth Finance Commission’s Recommendations on Local Bodies

The Fifteenth Finance Commission recommendations on local bodies, particularly those relating to urban local bodies, are a dampener. The recommendations lead to an anomalous situation of a least urbanised state getting higher per capita urban grants. Similarly, the segmentation of urban grants into too many components and very rigid conditions leaves a big question mark on grants utilisation.

 

Land Tax, Reservation for Women and Customary Law in Nagaland

Can elected urban local bodies in Nagaland levy taxes on land and buildings when Naga lands and its resources are, under Article 371A of the Constitution, the domain of customary bodies and laws? Should women be allotted 33% reservation of electoral seats in these urban local bodies, as sanctioned by the Constitution, when customary institutionsand practices did not envision political leadership for women? These are divisive questions in Nagaland. A socio-historical background is offered.

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