A bunch of retired bureaucrats wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to precise concern over what it termed had been “disturbing developments” within the Union Territory of Lakshadweep “within the identify of improvement”.
Ninety-three former All India and Central companies officers of the Constitutional Conduct Group wrote to Mr. Modi on the event of World Atmosphere Day to lift issues over the introduction of draft laws on land and improvement. Among the many signatories had been former Atmosphere and Forests Secretary Meena Gupta, former Chief Info Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and former International Secretary Sujatha Singh. The non-partisan group has raised issues via its open letters concerning the Centre’s farm legal guidelines and the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic just lately.
“We’re a gaggle of former civil servants of the All India and Central Providers who’ve labored with the Central and State Governments in the middle of our careers. As a gaggle, we have now no affiliation with any political occasion however consider in impartiality, neutrality and dedication to the Structure of India. We write to you at present to register our deep concern over disturbing developments happening within the pristine Union Territory (UT) of Lakshadweep within the identify of ‘improvement’”, the letter acknowledged.
Referring to draft laws launched by Lakshadweep Administrator P.Okay. Patel, the group stated the proposals had been drafted with out native session and had been now with the Union Residence Affairs Ministry for obligatory approvals.
“It’s clear that every of those draft laws is an element of a bigger agenda that’s in opposition to the ethos and pursuits of the islands and islanders. Claiming that there was no improvement in Lakshadweep for the previous seventy years, the LDAR [the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation] displays a mannequin of land and tourism improvement which incorporates resorts, accommodations and seaside fronts on the ‘Maldives mannequin’ unmindful of the variations between the 2 island teams in dimension, inhabitants, variety of islands and their unfold,” the letter acknowledged.
The previous bureaucrats added that the draft regulation not solely ignored the distinctive geography and group lifetime of Lakshadweep, it additionally gave “arbitrary and draconian powers” to the Administrator to amass, alter and switch properties and take away or relocate islanders from their properties. The Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Actions Regulation would allow detention as much as a 12 months, they identified.
“In a territory the place, in accordance with the Nationwide Crime Information Bureau, crime charges are very low in comparison with the remainder of India, it has generated fears that the actual function of the Regulation is to smother dissent or protests in opposition to the insurance policies and actions of the Administrator or on every other situation,” the letter stated.
One other proposed regulation, the Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, would goal the dietary habits of the bulk Muslim group by successfully banning the killing of bovine animals and the consumption, storage, transport and sale of cattle meat, it stated.
“No such prohibitions apply to a number of states within the north-eastern area and even the state of Kerala subsequent door… As well as, in an island territory the place fruits, greens, cereals and pulses should be equipped and distributed from the mainland by sea and are steadily not recent, the place fishing is dangerous throughout the monsoon months, and meat is a part of their every day food plan, non-vegetarian meals has been arbitrarily faraway from mid-day college meals,” it stated.
The ex-bureaucrats urged the Prime Minister to withdraw the measures and put in place a improvement mannequin in session with the islanders.
Learn the complete textual content of the letter here.