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Lakshadweep Administrator Issues New Order to Deploy Government Officials to Fishing Boats | India News


Amid protests by the islanders against his “reform” measures, the Lakshadweep The island’s administration has made a number of decisions, including delegating government officials aboard local fishing boats for intelligence gathering.
The administration also issued a new cleanliness and hygiene management order on June 4, directing the people of the islands to scientifically dispose of tender coconut husk, tree leaves, coconut husk, coconut shell, trunk, etc., in and around homes and public places. .
Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal attacked the administration for its new directives, calling them a “mockery” and urged the authorities to withdraw them immediately.
It was on May 28, a meeting chaired by the chief secretary and advisor to the administrator decided to delegate responsible government servants aboard local fishing boats for intelligence gathering.
The meeting also decided to strengthen security measures to monitor local fishing boats and crews, intensify control of passenger ships and boats arriving on the islands, and strengthen boat and helibase docking points by installing cameras. CCTV.
Subsequently, the administration instructed the officials concerned to take action in accordance with the decisions made at the meeting.
He questioned the feasibility of implementing the order, saying there are hundreds of fishing boats operating from the islands and how many officials will be deployed on those boats.
Noting that a well-established surveillance system by the Navy and the Coast Guard was already in place on all the islands, the MP said that the Coast Guard headquarters on the islands has an effective radar system that can cover activities of any vessel that operates within 30 nautical miles. areas.
Faizal said that every month or once every three months, the Coast Guard has regular interaction with local fishermen to train them on how to report the movement of suspicious objects in the seas.
“All this training is given to the fishermen. They are very cooperative with the security agencies. By introducing such a law, what are they trying to establish (the administration)?” I ask.
Faizal alleged that the administration’s actions showed that they do not believe in the innocent fishing community of Lakshadweep.
“The recent order, which got in the way of surveillance in the coastal areas of Lakshadweep, is really a mockery … sorry,” he told PTI.
Citing discrimination, he asked why such surveillance with officials aboard fishing boats was not being carried out in coastal states such as Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
When issuing the order on hygiene and cleaning, the administration said that whoever violates or contravenes any of the instructions will be sanctioned with a fine according to Annex I of the Lakshadweep Solid Waste Management Ordinance, 2018 and will also be responsible for a criminal proceeding for crime . punishable under Section 188 of the IPC.
Questioning the provision in the order that directs the scientific disposal of biodegradable materials such as coconut leaves, Faizal said the land of Lakshadweep became fertile because the ancestors who lived on the islands buried them in the ground.
He also said that it is the responsibility of the administration to provide technology for the scientific management of waste.
When asked if he had raised the matter with the Union government, Faizal said: “I feel really ashamed to take up these matters with them.”
Meanwhile, Congress has decided to intensify its agitation against the administration over its “anti-popular” reform measures on the islands.
According to party sources, MPs from the Congress-led UDF in Kerala will organize a ‘dharna’ in front of the territorial administration office in Kochi on Monday.
Expressing solidarity with the people of Lakshadweep, the Kerala Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution demanding the removal of the island administrator Praful Khoda Patel and calling for the immediate intervention of the Centers to protect the lives and livelihoods of the islanders.
An archipelago located in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep has witnessed protests from locals over the recent administrative actions and reforms that Patel is implementing.
Defending its action, the Lakshadweep administration has said that it was laying the foundation for the future of the islands in a planned way and would develop it along the Maldives line in two decades.

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