What is Rajamannar Commission?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : June 22nd, 2022

Rajamannar Commission was a three-member commission established in 1969 by the Tamil Nadu Government, under the rule of DMK. It was formed under the leadership of Dr. P.V. Rajamannar. Other members of the Commission included A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar and Justice P. Chandra Reddy. The main objective of the Rajamannar Committee was to examine all the aspects of the Centre-State relations and also examine and identify the reasons for unitary trends in the Central-State relations. 

The Rajamannar Commission presented its recommendations in 1971, though the Union Government did not take the recommendations of the Commission into consideration.

What is Rajamannar Committee?

The Rajamannar Committee, through its report, was to recommend amendments to the Constitution in order to secure the much-needed autonomy of the State Government from 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 Rajya Sabha.
  • Deletion of Articles 355, 356, and 365.
  • An inter-state council should be set up immediately.
  • Providing equal representation to the States in Rajya Sabha.
  • Abolishment of the office of the Governor.
  • Financial Commission should be made an independent body, along with the disbandment of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission should be replaced by a statutory body.
  • The residuary powers should be allocated to the States. Certain specific subjects enlisted in the Union List and the Concurrent List should be transferred to the State List. 

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FAQs about What is Rajamannar Commission?

  • Rajamannar Commission was appointed by the Tamil Nadu Government (DMK) in 1969 The Commission was a three-member committee under the chairmanship of Dr. P.V. Rajamannar.

  • The Rajamannar Committee recommended the abolition of IAS & IPS because both the services were seen as interference in day to day administration of the states by the centre. Both IAS and IPS are All India Services under Article 312 of the Indian Constitution.

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