Population control: Finance Commission may not reward states for poor show

The hue and cry last year over the ToR with regard to use of 2011 population, prompted PM Modi to announce that the Centre has suggested to the commission to “consider incentivising the states who have worked on population control.” The 15th Finance Commission (FC) may assign a lower weight to ‘population’ than 17.5% by the previous FC while giving a ‘respectable’ weight to progress made in curbing population growth to balance the needs represented by the latest population and progress towards population control, for inter-se distribution of resources among…

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