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Islanders seek withdrawal of land norms in Lakshadweep

 

Topics Covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

Islanders seek withdrawal of land norms in Lakshadweep:


Context:

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.

The contentious regulations include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The draft panchayat notification, where a member with more than two children is disqualified from being a member.

Issues with the recently created Lakshadweep Development Authority (LDA):

  • 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.

Appointment, role and significance of the administrator:

Patel was made administrator of Lakshadweep in December 2020. He was appointed the administrator in a departure from the earlier practice of appointing only IAS officers to the post.

  • The position of administration, appointed by the President of India, is important for any union territory, because the person becomes in charge of all functions in the area and acts on behalf of the President.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. UTs in India.
  2. Their administration.
  3. Powers and functions of Administrators.
  4. Representation of UTs in Rajya Sabha.

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Discuss the issues associated with the administration of UTs in India.

Sources: the Hindu.