The vexatious issue of local bodies not paying their bills to service providers such as Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is among three new issues to be addressed specifically by the 6thState Finance Commission (SFC) that has been set up under the chairmanship of retired bureaucrat Mohan Pyare. Local bodies, both urban and rural, have also been found to be have outstanding bills with the Tamil Nadu Water Supply & Drainage Board (TWAD) and Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) for water charges. The Commission will go into the entire subject of devolution between the State government and local bodes, apart from identifying measures needed to improve the financial position of the local bodies and new avenues for resource mobilsation. The Commission is expected to present its report by July 31, 2021 covering the period of five years commencing on April 1, 2022, according to a gazette notification issued earlier this month.
Tamil Nadu’s Sixth Finance Commission constituted
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