Vastavam web: Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh has kicked up a debate on the issue of governance in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, saying a division of the state would become inevitable due to its size and large population.Delivering the second V Ramachandran Memorial Lecture, organised by the Centre for Management Development here yesterday on “Reflections on India’s demographic future”, Ramesh said, “I for one believe that the reorganisation of Uttar Pradesh will become inevitable, sooner rather than later.” Ramesh had played a key role in the division of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana during the tenure of the previous Congress-led UPA government.
The Rajya Sabha MP said that over 60 years ago, a Keralite, Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, had written a dissent note in the States Reorganisation Commission report and advocated the breaking up of Uttar Pradesh.Referring to long-term population projections for individual states, Ramesh said the five south Indian states would see their combined share of population fall from the present level of about 15 per cent to around 12 per cent by the middle of the century.
He said the relative shares of the states would also undergo a considerable shift.”In fact, the share of only four states in the country’s population is expected to increase that of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The share of all other states will almost certainly fall,” he said.He said Kerala’s population was expected to peak at about 39 million by 2041 and start declining thereafter.Tamil Nadu’s population was expected to peak at about 78 million by 2041 and start declining thereafter, he added.”The population of Karnataka and undivided Andhra Pradesh will begin to decline 2061 onwards. The other states will follow likewise in 2071 and 2081,” Ramesh said.