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3) Examine whether Article 246 is the cornerstone of centre state legislative relations? Discuss whether Concurrent list created confusion with respect to extent of legislative power of centre and states?(250 words) 

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3) Examine whether Article 246 is the cornerstone of centre state legislative relations? Discuss whether Concurrent list created confusion with respect to extent of legislative power of centre and states?(250 words) 

 

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain what Article 246 of Constitution entails, examine whether it is the defining feature of the legislative relations between centre and state. In the next part, we need to analyze whether the provision of CL creates ease of legislation or leaves room for confusion.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .

Discuss – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain Article 246 of Indian constitution.

Body

  • Examine how the division of subjects into Union List, state list and concurrent list helped immensely in ironing our potential disputes in centre state legislative relations
  • Examine whether creation of concurrent list creates confusion or it helps in knowing what subjects to legislate on. Discuss the suggestion given by various committees on centre state relations like Punchhi, 2nd ARC etc

Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view and discuss way forward.