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January 21, 2016

NEW DELHI: The Constitution elaborately defines power distribution between the Centre and state governments, providing enough space for both, and there are suitable mechanisms to resolve disputes, if any, among them, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Addressing a conference on 'Cooperative Federalism: National Perspectives and International Experience', Mr Singh said the Constitution provides for an inter-dependent arrangement, where the Centre and the states collectively aspire and work towards the welfare of the people.

"Centre-State or inter-state issues, if any, are resolved by various mechanisms put in place including inter- governmental agencies and fora like inter-state council, zonal councils, National Development Council, NITI Aayog, Governors' conference and Chief Ministers' conference," he said.

The Home Minister said all these, as integral part of the government machinery, are playing a vital role in the harmonious working of a federal structure.

Both the Sarkaria Commission and the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) have laid considerable emphasis on the issue of Union-State relations, he said.

Mr Singh said the conference aims at enriching the national pursuit for cooperative federalism with successful case studies practised in other parts of the world.

The Home Minister said India has unity in diversity which is duly substantiated by successful running of its cohesive federal structure.

"Federalism is not new to India. Though in its primitive form, ancient kingdoms and empires had established this system in order to rule vast tracts under their jurisdiction," he said.

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