At one hand, the UPA Government tried all ways to impose President rule in Uttar Pradesh, and on the other hand, the Ministry of Home Affairs is organizing a conference on the nature of federalism in the country.
The intellectuals would discuss in the conference to strengthen the federal character of India including other issues such as improving Centre-State relations.
The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil will inaugurate the 4th International Conference on Federalism. The 3-day pre-conference is going to start from tomorrow. During this pre-conference, subject themes and papers for the main conference would be given the final shape.
India has planned to host the Conference in New Delhi in association with the Forum of Federations, Ottawa, Canada from November 4 to 6.
The central theme of the Conference is “Unity in Diversity – learning from each other”.
The main motive behind organizing the conference is to encourage discussions on the rejuvenation and development of federalism and better co-operation between center and states to provide better governance as well as among practitioners of it.
The Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers, scholars, experts, administrators and social activists dedicated to federalism may be called as practitioners of federalism.
The pre-conference will be participated by famous national and international experts on federalism, Parliamentarians, civil society activist, ambassadors and high commissioners of partner governments of the Forum of Federations and CEOs of industrial houses.
Apart from them, the group of Union Ministers and Chief Ministers would also take part in the conference.
The Conference will have four broad themes-
# Fiscal Federalism and emerging issues related to it
# Building and Accommodating Diversities among units
# Inter-Governmental Relations and its Interactions
# Local Government and its relation with existing Federal Systems
Excluding these four main themes, there would be 12 other sub-themes those would be prepared by a panel of Indian as well as international experts.