Lakshadweep Reforms Controversy
Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel is facing opposition from the people of the union territory and politicians — both from within Lakshadweep and neighbouring Kerala — over policies introduced by him since his appointment in December 2020.
Issues raised by the islanders
- The Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR) — which gives the administrator powers to remove or relocate islanders from their property, for town planning or any developmental activity.
- The Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA), introduced in January 2021, under which a person can be detained without any public disclosure for a period of up to one year.
- The draft panchayat notification, where a member with more than two children is disqualified from being a member.
- Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA) has been created with extensive powers, including eviction of land owners.
- This is widely read as having been pushed by the real estate lobby and against the interest of the islanders.
- It is because the legislation vests extensive powers with the authority, allowing it to prepare comprehensive development plans for any area and relocate people.
Source : The print