93 former civil servants writes to PM Modi over developments in Lakshadweep

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New Delhi: A group of 93 former civil servants wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday, expressing “deep concern” over what they called were “disturbing developments” in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in the name of “development”.

They have urged the prime minister to ensure an appropriate development model, in consultation with the islanders with emphasis on access to safe and secure healthcare, education and just governance among others.

Asserting that Lakshadweep occupies a unique place in India’s geographic and cultural diversity, the group highlighted drafts of three regulations introduced by P K Patel after assuming additional charge of Administrator of Lakshadweep in December 2020.

“These drafts have been introduced without local consultation and are presently with the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India for necessary approvals,” said the letter written by former civil servants under the aegis of Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG).

“We write to you today to register our deep concern over disturbing developments taking place in the pristine Union Territory (UT) of Lakshadweep in the name of ‘development’, the letter read.

 

 

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