|Consider the following statements regarding Inter-State relations in India.|
|1. Zonal Councils have been set up in India under Article 263 of the Constitution.|
|2. President of India is the head of the Inter-State Council set up in 1990.|
|3. Recommendations of the Inter-State Councils set up under the Constitution on disputes between states are binding in nature.|
|4. National Integration Council is a non-constitutional body set up to combat communalism, casteism, regionalism etc.|
|Which of the statements) given above is/ are correct?|
A) 1, 2 and 4
B) 2 and 3
C) Only 4
D) 1 and 3
Correct Answer: C
Solution :[c] Zonal Councils have been set up in India under the states reorganisation act and not under Article 263. There are a total of five Zonal Councils in India. Thus, statement 1 is incorrect. The head of the Inter State Council, which was set up in 1990 under Article 262 is the Prime Minister of India and not the President, so Statement 2 is also incorrect. Statement 3 is also incorrect. Though, the Inter-State Councils can be set up to decide on any legal dispute between states, its pronouncements are non-binding in nature. Statement 4 is correct and a reconstituted National Integration Council was set up in 2005 with the purposes described in the above statement. Thus, the correct answer is [c].
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