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Lakshadweep Islands: Draft Lakshadweep law does more harm, no good by Kshitij Goyal July 22,2021   |  Source: Deccan Herald

Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel has proposed the Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation (LDAR) 2021, which would give him unrestricted and arbitrary power to relocate or remove islanders from their properties for town planning or by asserting the land to be a “planning area”. It is to be noted that the powers of the Administrator of Lakshadweep come from Article 240(b) of the Indian Constitution which allows the President to promulgate "regulations for progress, peace and good governance" in Union Territories (UTs). These regulations have the force of an "Act of Parliament". The President acts through the Administrator. According to Section 2(12) of the draft LDAR, the Administrator is the "government" of the UT. The draft regulation would allow the administration to detain any person without any trial for up to a year. Section 19(2)(b) read with Section 29 empowers the government to choose any land for “development” activities under its regulation. Once picked, the government can use that land on its whims and fancies in the name of “public purpose”. Section 2(9) of the draft refers to “development” as activities including “building, engineering, mining, quarrying or other operations in, on, over or under, land, the cutting of a hill


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