New Delhi: The Centre on Monday issued a notification that stated “The Centre has reconstituted the Inter-State Council, which works to promote cooperative federalism”.
The council will be headed by PM Narendra Modi, the Council will comprise the Chief Ministers of the 28 states and UTs with a legislature, administrators of UTs without a legislature, six Union ministers, and 10 Union ministers as permanent invitees.
Formed with the intent of creating a strong institutional framework to promote and support cooperative federalism, the Council helps the Centre and states clear out differences in policy and governance.
The standing committee will have continuous consultation and process matters about the Centre-state relations before they are taken up in Inter-State Council.
The notification says the Union ministers who will be members of the reconstituted council are Amit Shah (Home), Nirmala Sitharaman (Finance), Rajnath Singh(Defense), and Narendra Singh Tomar (Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural. Development, and Panchayati Raj).
Thaawar Chand Gehlot (Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment) and Hardeep Singh Puri (Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs)
Other invitees to the council are Nitin Gadkari (Minister of Road Transport and Highways), Ram Vilas Paswan (Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution), Ravi Shankar Prasad (Minister of Law and Justice, Harmsimrat Kaur Badal (Minister of Food Processing Industries), Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Minister of External Affairs), Ramesh Pokhriyal (Minister of HRD). Arjun Munda (Minister of Tribal Affairs), Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Pralhad Joshi, Ashwini Vaishnav, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kiren Rijiju, and Bhupender Yadav, are part of the inter-state council according to the notification.