15th Finance Commission: Where Centre and states stand

Illustration by Binay Sinha
On Monday, seven states and Union Territories (UTs) met in Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, and consolidated their grouping against the terms of reference of the Fifteenth Finance Commission (FC) . The biggest demand has been use of the 1971 Census, instead of the the 2011 one. However, there have been other demands as well. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab, Puducherry and West Bengal have drafted a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking the following changes