Inter-State Council (ISC)
➖ The Constitution of India in Article 263, provides for the establishment of Inter-State Council (ISC).
➖ The objective of the ISC is to discuss or investigate policies, subjects of common interest, and disputes among states.
🔺 Temporary or permanent body?
➖ The articles says that ISC may be established “if at any time it appears to the President that the public interests would be served by the establishment of a Council”.
➖ The constitution itself did not establish the ISC, but kept the option for its establishment open.
🔹 Establishment as permanent body
➖ This option was exercised in 1990.
➖ The ISC was established as a permanent body on 28 May 1990 by a presidential order on the recommendation of the Sarkaria Commission.
➖ It had recommended that a permanent Inter-State Council called the Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) should be set up under Article 263.
➖ It cannot be dissolved and re-established.
➖ Therefore, the current status of ISC is that of a permanent constitutional body.