CHANDIGARH, May 1- Haryana government has, on the initiative of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal, constituted a 9-member 5th State Finance Commission, under the Chairmanship of noted economist Mr Mukul G. Asher.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the Commission has been constituted in pursuance of the provisions of the Article 243 I and 243 Y of the Constitution of India and section 213 of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act and Rule 3 of the Haryana Finance Commission Rules, 1994.
The other members of the Commission are Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, Ms Rohini Aggarwal, Dr Aniruddha Rajput, Mr Sham Lal Bansal, Mr Rajinder Mohan Walia, Mr Anurag Bakshi, Ms Neeta Khera and Ms Amneet P. Kumar, Special Secretary, Haryana Secretariat Establishment and Finance Department would be the Member Secretary.
He said that the Commission shall make recommendations related to the principles which should govern the distribution between the state and Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats of the net proceeds of the taxes, duties, tools and fee leviable by the state. It may be divided between them under part IX of the Constitution of India and the allocation between the Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats at all levels of their respective shares of such proceeds.
The Commission would also make recommendations regarding determination of taxes, duties and tolls and fee, which may be assigned to or appropriated by the Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads. It would also recommend Grants-in-aid to the Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats from the consolidated fund of the state.
The Commission would also follow the principles which should govern the distribution between the state and the municipalities of the net proceeds of the taxes, duties, tolls and fee leviable by the state, which may be divided between them under part IX A of the Constitution of India and the allocation between them. It would also recommend Grants-in-aid to the municipalities from the consolidated fund of the state, the measures needed to improve the financial position of the municipalities. While making recommendations, the Commission shall have regard among other considerations to the objective of balancing the receipts and expenditure of the state and for generating surplus for capital investment. It would also have the consideration to resources of the state government and demands thereon particularly in respect of expenditure on civil Administration, maintenance and up keep of capital assets, maintenance expenditure on plan schemes and other committed expenditure or liabilities of the state and the requirements of the Panchyati Raj Inistitutions and the municipalities, their potential for raising resources and for reducing expenditure.
The spokesman said that the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Mukul G. Asher has been a Professorial Fellow of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore since 2012 and Director Public Policy, Global Village Foundation, Delhi since January 2016.
He graduated with honors from Bombay University in 1963 and did Post-graduation from Washington State University in 1968 and Ph.D from the same University in 1972. He specializes in areas of Public Sector Economics, Economics of Social Security and Public Policy and Economic Reasoning. His current research interests include various aspects of Public Finances in Asian countries, social security issues in Asian developing countries and economic relations between India and East Asia.
He has also been a Visiting Professor, Visiting Researcher, Visiting Scholar and Visiting Faculty to several Universities and Institutes within India and abroad. He has also served as Guest Editor and member Editorial Board to several journals of repute including International Social Security Review, IIMB Management Review, Financial Regulation and Compliance and International Journal of Social Security and Workers Compensation .
While referring to the profile of other members of the Commission, he said that Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, is a former IAS officer who had also been India’s representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome for four years. He has also served the Haryana government in many capacities including Deputy Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Chief Secretary.
Ms Rohini Aggarwal is an experienced Management Consultant and member of a study group of the ICAI in indirect taxes and GST. She has authored many books on Service Tax Law, Company Law Compliance Certificate, Guide to Mercantile and Commercial Laws, Business Communication and Organization and Management.
Dr Aniruddha Rajput, India’s Candidate for the United Nations International Law Commission (2017-2021), is an Advocate of Supreme Court and has worked as Additional Advocate General of Jharkhand. Mr Sham Lal Bansal is a well known social worker residing in Panchkula and Mr Rajinder Mohan Walia of Kurukshetra is a free lance journalist and a social worker. Mr Anurag Bakshi is a former IRS officer who has served Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Mumbai and Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue for a considerable period.
Ms Neeta Khera is a former Municipal Councilor who resides in Ambala Cant. She is also member of Social Welfare Board, Haryana.