What is Rajamannar Commission?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Rajamannar Commission was a three-member committee set up by the Tamil Nadu government in 1969 to examine all aspects of center-state relations under the rule of the DMK. It was formed by Dr. P.V. Rajamannar. Other members of the commission included A. Lakshmanaswamy Mudaliar and Justice P. Chandra Reddy. The main objective of the Rajamannar Committee was to examine all aspects of Centre-State relations and to investigate and identify the causes of unitary tendencies in Central-State relations.

Rajamannar Commission

The Rajamannar Commission submitted its recommendations in 1971, although the Central Government did not consider the recommendations of the Commission. Its report was meant to recommend amendments to the Constitution to secure the much-needed autonomy of the State Government from the arbitrary use of powers by the Central Government.

The important recommendations of the Rajamannar Commission were:

  • Abolition of All India Services.
  • Abolition of the method of nomination of 12 members to the Rajya Sabha.
  • Abolition of Articles 356, 355, and 365.
  • An Inter-State Council should be constituted immediately.
  • Providing equal representation to the states in the Rajya Sabha.
  • Abolition of the office of Governor.
  • Along with the dissolution of the Planning Commission, the Financial Commission should be made an independent body.
  • The Planning Commission should be replaced by a statutory body.
  • Residuary powers should be allocated to the states.
  • Some specific subjects listed in the Union List and the Concurrent List should be transferred to the State List.

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