12 December, 2009
Is splitting states to smaller ones justified?
I personally feel that smaller states (not too small) ensures better governance. Telangana should be separated from Andhra Pradesh, Vidarbha should be separated from Maharashtra, etc. But care should be taken by the centre not to go on splitting states one by one.
I asked some of my friends for their opinion on separating Vidarbha from Maharashtra. Most of them supported separation. One of them said that if Vidarbha is separated, then we (at Nagpur) will loose developed cities like Mumbai, Thane, Pune, etc.
But do you know that from where resources (like electricity, cotton, etc.) are supplied to these so called developed cities?
Its from the underprivileged, undeveloped part of Maharashtra called Vidarbha.
Vidarbha is always ignored by the Maharashtra government. Nagpur is the geographical center of our country, it should have been a developed city far before. When the politicians come to Nagpur for the winter session, it seems that they have come for a holiday or a picnic.
My father has visited most cities in western Maharashtra (because of his job). He told that almost all farms in western Maharashtra are provided with well irrigation facilities. There are gas pipelines in Mumbai, Zero load-shedding in most of the cities in western Maharashtra. Whereas, in Vidarbha's farms lack basic irrigation facilities, electricity, etc. Also not a single city in Vidarbha is free of load-shedding. There are three power-plants in Vidarbha, and a huge amount is diverted to western Maharashtra to make them free of load-shedding.
The ambitious MIHAN project in Nagpur is also a victim of the State government's negligence.
The list of complaints is endless. The promises made by the ministers wither within weeks.
If Vidarbha region is discriminated by Maharashtra Government, then why not have a separate state with Nagpur as capital, and govern the new state better.