Are smaller districts administratively more manageable?All State Governments do this. The latest example has been provided by the Government. of West Bengal. On 14th February, 2017, A new district named Kalimpong has been created from Darjeeling district. Let us go into details.
Earlier Darjeeling district consisted of four Sub-Divisions, viz., Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Siliguri. Out of these four Sub-Divisions, geographically Siliguri is included in Terai region and other three are in Hill region. So, logically, if a new District was required to be created, Siliguri should have been separated. Instead, Kalimpong Sub-Division has been taken away and a new district has been created in the name of administrative convenience.
Why has this been done? Political observers say that this has been done to placate a leader of hill region (who is Kalimpong-based), who is supporting the ruling party in the State. However, the State Government gives the old excuse of administrative convenience.
In this context, I would like to know whether smaller districts are really convenient to manage from administrative point of view? Is this the reality of creating smaller administrative units after independence?