New Delhi, May 21: The Central government has announced the fresh composition of the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council which includes 13 members.
The Ministry of Home mentions the move in its gazette notification issued on Friday, stating that the step was taken in supersession of the Inter-State Council Secretariat's notification dated August 9, 2019, and with the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides Amit Shah, the committee comprises four other ministers of PM Modi's cabinet and eight Chief Ministers.
Ministers from the Union Cabinet, including Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar, and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, are members of the committee.
Other members of the committee include Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Standing Committee is set to have continuous consultation on the matters for consideration of the Council. It processes all matters related to Centre-State Relations before they are taken up for consideration in the Inter-State Council.
The committee will also monitor the implementation of decisions taken on the recommendations of the Council and considers any other matter referred to it by the Chairman of Council.
The Standing Committee may, if necessary, call experts and persons eminent in specific fields to have the benefit of their views while deliberating upon the related subjects.