Finance Ministers from South India to meet today over 15th Finance Commission

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South Indian Finance Ministers meet LIVE UPDATES: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the conference today (File Photo)

Finance ministers of five southern states will meet Tuesday to discuss their concerns over the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission. Hosted by Kerala, the meeting has been convened with the objective to highlight the issue and “make it a national agenda for debate”. Officials from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will attend the meeting, which will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac said the new formula, which will adversely affect southern states, has not become a debate in the country. “We will not allow to destroy the federal co-operative structure of the nation,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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