Lucknow: Stating that governance and development of smaller states yielded better results when compared to states bigger in size, Himachal Pradesh (HP) Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal supported the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Citing the example of HP, Dhumal said that under the 20-point programme, the state has witnessed a phenomenal growth in agriculture, education, health, communication and capital investment in the past few years.

Talking to media persons in a function of Vishwa Samvad Kendra at Lucknow on Sunday, Dhumal said that UP has been the main political driving force of the nation.

Keeping in mind geography and culture of UP, he favoured the division of the state, and said, “Through this the government machinery can become more efficient and capable.”

He pointed out that HP has bagged awards for excellence in many sectors. The CM further stated that several programmes are being run in HP for development of farmers and welfare of Dalits. “To provide better facilities to people living in Dalit dominated villages, in each assembly segment we are opening community centres which are named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar,” he added.

Dhumal said that in an effort to provide better facilities to farmers, he himself was looking after the charge of state agriculture minister.

For the first time in the country, HP has come up with the technology to save apples from hailstorm. “The state has set up an anti-hail Radar and Gun to save apples,” he added.

In order to promote tourism in the state, HP has introduced several attractive packages. Alike Dhumal, the State Chief Minister Mayawati is also in favour of bifurcation of UP. She has already sent a proposal to the Prime Minister for the division of the state into three parts.