New Delhi, Feb 24 IBNS | 9 months ago

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has hinted at dividing Uttar Pradesh into four states.

"For almost 25 years, since I have been in this business of development administration, I have believed that Uttar Pradesh with its current architecture is ungovernable. A state of over 200 million people, 74-75 districts, 800 blocks; no political party can govern the state effectively the way it is configured," Ramesh told CNN-IBN.

"I am all for the reorganisation of Uttar Pradesh. It could be 2 or 3 or 4, that needs to be looked at, but the state as currently configured is simply not possible to be governed effectively and sensitively. I think we need to look at the state. This is where the heartland of India lies," he said.

He further said: "... on Uttar Pradesh, if we are interested in the future of the state and the future of India lies in the future of Uttar Pradesh. We need to do some hard thinking after the elections on re-configuring the current geography of the state."

(Posted on 24-02-2014)

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