Rajamanar Committee

A Centre-State Relations Inquiry Committee was set up by the then DMK Government of Tamil Nadu on 2nd September, 1969 under the Chairmanship of Dr. P.V. Rajamanar to consider the entire question regarding relationship that should subsist between the Centre and the States in a federal set up.

  • The Committee in its report recommended that “the Inter-State Council should be constituted immediately” and that “no decision of national importance or which may affect one or more States should be taken by the Union Government except after consultation with the Inter-State Council”.
  • The Committee further recommended that “every Bill of national importance or which is likely to affect the interests of one or more States should, before its introduction in Parliament, be referred to the Inter-State Council and its views thereon should be submitted to Parliament at the time of introduction of the Bill”.
  • It recommended a curb on the use of article 356 of the Constitution and suggested that article 356 should be used only in the event of complete breakdown of law and order in a state.
  • The committee favored the vesting of residuary  power of legislation  and taxation  in the state legislature.

However the above recommended were completely ignored by the union government.


  1. sushant singh

    June 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    now what abt abolition of ias and ips on the pretext of them being violative of the
    federal strucutre

    • Angarayan

      July 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      It only says that there is a need for consultation, which is the base for a participatory democratic system. Centre should not become autocratic.

      Invariably all CENTRAL GOVERNMENT leaders will be from some state & hence this is necessary to prevent favouritism.

      It asks for a consultation and consideration.

  2. sushant singh

    August 2, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    yes, that point is definitely acknowledged, but i am speaking of the more radical recommendation of the rajmannar committee that stated that all india services like the IAS and IPS should be abolished as they impinge on state personnel administration.


    September 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I think, the point about all India services that was also in report is mentioned here.


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