The 15th Finance Commission’s decision to use the 2011 census instead of the 1971 census for distributing tax revenues among states has triggered a furious debate on the North-South divide in India.
The concerns of southern states that they are being penalised for following policies that have reduced population are valid and need to be addressed, but not at the cost of depriving the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar the allocation of funds.
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar need more funds, but the state governments must focus on population control and sectoral growth in key areas.
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