Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
2) Why is Andhra Pradesh demanding special status from the union government? Discuss the constitutional provisions and fiscal implications of this demand. (250 Words)
Why this question?
It’s in news and is an important issue. Important for Mains.
Key demand of the question:
Direct question – discuss why Andhra is demanding special status and also discuss legality and economic implications. Give equal weightage to all parts. Do refer to Related Questions(below) links for more content.
Discuss: Discuss various dimensions as demanded by the question. You can comment wherever necessary.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction write why certain states need special status and if Andhra fits in here. Also write a line about 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation.
In a small paragraph(2-3 lines), briefly write background about special status issue.
In the body, divide answer into THREE main parts: First for explaining why Andhra is seeking special status. Second for writing about constitutional status (Finance Commission etc. No explicit provision in the Constitution though). Third for economic implications.
In the conclusion, write in 1-2 lines about challenges involved in granting special status.