Civil Servants Write To PM Over Raising Concerns In Lakshadweep

They have encouraged the prime minister to ensure that an acceptable development model is developed in conjunction with the islanders, with a focus on access to safe and secure healthcare, education, and just governance, among other things.





On Saturday, a group of 93 retired public workers wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing their "great worry" about "disturbing events" in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in the name of "development."

They have encouraged the prime minister to ensure that they implemented an acceptable development model of consultation with the islanders, with a focus on access to safe and secure healthcare, education, and just governance, among other things.

The group highlighted draughts of three laws introduced by P.K. Patel after taking the additional duty of Administrator of Lakshadweep in December 2020, asserting that Lakshadweep occupies a unique niche in India's physical and cultural diversity.

Since taking office, he has introduced draughts of the Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR), the Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation (LPASAR), and the Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation (LPASAR).

They launched these drafts without local consultation and are currently with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, for appropriate approvals, as per a letter sent by retired civil servants under the auspices of the Constitutional Conduct Group stated (CCG).

Home Minister Amit Shah and Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar have each received a copy of the letter.

Among the 93 signatures are former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar, former Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, former Prime Minister's Adviser T.K. Nair, and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

Lakshadweep is a coral archipelago off the coast of Malabar that comprises 36 islands (ten of which are inhabited and they have developed one of which as a tourist resort) spread out over 32 square kilometers. With a Muslim majority population of roughly 65,000 people, it is matrilineal, mainly egalitarian, and ethnically similar to Kerala, from where it was ruled for much of its history.



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