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Critically analyse the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission with regard to local governments.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. Critically analyse the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission with regard to local governments. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article presents a brief critique of recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission with regard to local governments.

Key Demand of the question:

Critically analyse the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission with regard to local governments.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with few lines on Fifteenth Finance Commission and its recommendations.

Body:

Mention recommendations with respect to local govt. – The performance­-linked grants was introduced by the 13th Finance Commission – earmarked 35% of local grants specifying six conditions for panchayats and nine for urban local governments and covered a wide range of reforms: from the establishment of an independent ombudsman to notifying standards for service sectors such as drinking water and solid waste management.

Discuss the Positive aspects of 15th FC recommendations.

Account for the criticisms of 15th FC recommendations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.