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Issues and challenges pertaining to the Federal Structure

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Discuss the essentials of the 69th Constitutional Amendment Act and anomalies, if any that have led to recent reported conflicts between the elected representatives and the institution of the Lieutenant Governor in the administration of Delhi. Do you think that this will give rise to a new trend in the functioning of the Indian federal politics? (Q. No. 1, CSE 2016, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


The concept of cooperative federalism has been increasingly emphasized in recent years. Highlight the drawbacks in the existing structure and extent to which cooperative federalism would answer the shortcomings. (Q. No. 2, CSE 2015, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


Though the federal principal is dominant in our constitution and that principle is one of its basic features, but it is equally true that federalism under the Indian Constitution leans in favour of a strong Center, a feature that militates against the concept of strong federalism. Discuss. (Q. No. 2, CSE 2014, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


Many States Governments further bifurcate geographical administrative areas like Districts and Talukas for better governance. In light of the above, can it also be justified that more number of smaller States would bring in effective governance at State level? Discuss. (Q. No. 5, CSE 2013, 200 words, 10 Marks)


Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss. (Q. No. 6, CSE 2013, 200 words, 10 Marks)

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