IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FEDERAL STRUCTURE OF COUNTRY (INDIA)

Shweta Rawal

Abstract


COVID-19 has made the states situation worse in case of revenue collection. They have entirely been made dependent on the centre. The introduction of PM CARES Fund, its contribution as CSR, and GST Compensation all made the centre more powerful as giving it the major source of revenue collection. This made the federal structure of the country under risk. This article deals with what was the need of constituting PM CARES Fund, why the contribution to State Relief Fund is not counted as CSR and at this time of urgency why the MPLADS is suspended? These all give a dent of making the centre more powerful. Public health being a state subject and also the states having more role in containing this pandemic more resources should be allocated to them.

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Federalism, COVID-19, PM CARES Fund, CSR, GST Compensation, MPLADS, Cooperative Federalism

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