Central Govt Receives Demands for 10 New States

Separate Mithilanchal in Bihar, Saurashtra in Gujarat and Coorg in Karnataka are the three of the ten new states, demands for formation of which the central government has received, of late.

According to a senior Home Ministry official, these demands are, in main, from organizations such as Telengana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and some other outfits and individuals.

TRS, the most voiced outfits of them, had been insisting on formation of a separate Telengana state carved out of Telegana region of Andhra Pradesh, while GJM has peen pressurizing the government for formation of Gorkhaland state out of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas in West Bengal.

Similarly, the demand for creation of Bundelkhand state, comprising districts like Banda, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Sagar of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been pending for long with the Ministry, the official said.

The official added that despite no recommendation for creation of separate states from any state government so far, the demands continue to go up.

A demand for creation of Bhojpur state comprising areas of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh has also been received by the Ministry.

Another demand for creation of a new state comprising Saurastha region of Gujarat, one of the most prosperous states, has also been pending with the Ministry for several years now.

The Centre has also received representations for creation of Harit Pradesh or Kisan Pradesh consisting several districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, the official said.

The Home Ministry has also received demands for creation of Mithilanchal or Mithila state comprising territories in Bihar, a new Greater Cooch Behar state out of parts of West Bengal and Assam, a Vidarbha state in Maharashtra and a state for the Coorg region of Karnataka.

However, no decision has been taken by the Home Ministry in any of the representation for creation of a new state.

“Government takes decision on the matter of formation of new states after taking into consideration all relevant factors. Action by the government would depend on the felt need and general consideration,” the official said.

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