WHY IN NEWS?
The Supreme Court has knocked down portions of a constitutional amendment that limited states’ exclusive control over cooperative organizations.
Part IXB, added to the Constitution in 2012 by the 97th Amendment, outlined the rules for operating cooperative organizations.
- The amendment’s provisions, which were passed by Parliament without being ratified by state legislatures as needed by the Constitution, established the number of directors a society should have their tenure and even the essential eminent domain powers.
- The decision could be noteworthy in light of concerns expressed by states that the new Central Ministry of Cooperation would disempower them.