In pursuance of clause (f) of paragraph 5 of the Inter-State Council Order of 28 May 1990, the Council has laid down, with the approval of the Central Government, the procedure to be observed by it in the conduct of its business. The Council has further adopted the guidelines to be followed for identifying and selecting issues to be brought up before it.

If any matter is sought up before the Council by the Central Government or by the Government of any State or Union territory, a formal reference shall be made to the Council, addressed to the Secretary of the Council, with a self-contained note setting out – the issue or issues involved and the reasons for making the reference, together with supporting documents, if any; and the constitutional and legal implications of the said issue or issues.

On receipt of the reference, the Secretariat of the Council shall examine it in all its aspects, inter-alia, with reference to the guidelines adopted by the Council and other relevant material. After reference has been examined, the Secretary of the Council shall submit the case to the Chairman with his recommendation for obtaining the orders of the Chairman as to whether the issue or issues raised therein should be included in the Agenda for the meeting of the Council.

It shall be open to the Secretariat to take up any proposal relating to a matter of general interest and submit the same to the Chairman, for his orders as to its inclusion in the Agenda.

The meetings of the Council shall be held in Delhi or any other convenient place determined by the Chairman. Ten members including the Chairman shall form the quorum for a meeting of the Council.

The Secretary shall evolve a system of monitoring the action taken on the recommendations of the Council by the Central Government, the Government of any State or the Union territory concerned. He shall, at appropriate stages, cause information in this regard to be made available to the Council.

The meetings of the Council are held in camera. Therefore the details of the agenda items and proceedings of the meetings cannot be shared in the public domain.