Lakshadweep Crisis
29/05/2021

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Context:

  • Policies introduced by Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel in Lakshadweep have sparked protests in the union territory.
  • Patel was made administrator of Lakshadweep in December 2020.
  • He took over as the Administrator after the passing of Dineshwar Sharma, former Director, Intelligence Bureau.

About:

  • The draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR), 2021 will require ratification from the Union Home Ministry and the Cabinet before it is implemented.
  • The Union Home Ministry is the administrating authority for the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
  • Any proposed change to the laws in Lakshadweep is to be brought through regulationsinstead of a Bill as is the case in other UTs with a legislature such as Delhi and Puducherry.
  • These regulations are then put up for public consultation and once the response is received, it is sent to the Union Home Ministry.
  • The Ministry will examine the regulations, and only after it clears them will the draft be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval.

 

Issues:

  • The Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) gives the administrator powers to remove or relocate islanders from their property, for town planning or any developmental activity.
  • The draft regulation proposes seven years’ imprisonment for the consumption or the sale of beef.
  • Under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA), introduced in January 2021, a person can be detained without any public disclosure for a period of up to one year.
  • As per a draft panchayat notification, a member with more than two children is disqualified from being a member.
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