Sarkaria Commission was set up in June 1983 by the central government of India. Its charter was to examine the relationship and balance of power between state and central governments in the country and suggest changes within the framework of Constitution of India. [1] The Commission was so named as it was headed by Rajinder Singh Sarkaria, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.[1]

The Commission submitted its final 1600-page report in 1988; it contained 247 specific recommendations. In spite of the large size of its reports - the Commission recommended, by and large, status quo in the Centre-State relations, especially in the areas, relating to legislative matters, role of Governors and use of Article 356.[2]

It is widely accepted that to whatever extent the Commissions suggested change, the recommendations were not implemented by the government.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Ramachandran, Ramesh (8 March 2005). "Memory fails Justice Sarkaria". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  2. ^ a b India And The Challenges Of The Twenty First Century
  3. ^ Inter-State Council: Some Progress For State's Rights