Before the Kerala high court, a plea has been filed by the citizens regarding their concerns that they have not been given an equal opportunity and say in the draft LakshadweepDevelopment Authority Regulation, 2021 (LDAR) and the Draft Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulations, 2021 (LAPR). The draft was in controversy owing to the fact that it would affect the rights of the islanders to retain the properties which were owned by them if the property has been taken over by the administrative department for the purposes of development. The Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulations had banned slaughtering of cow, bull, bullock even though major population of the island were meat eaters.
The petitioner had hence called for an extension of 30 days to the public to give their comments and opinion on Draft LDAR and APR.
Contentions made by the petitioners were:
1. There should be a pre-legislative consultation.
In the year 2014, the legislative department had formulated a policy for pre-legislative consultation which was also followed by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep with respect to the new regulations proposed by the President of India through the administrator. The petitioner mentioned that these guidelines state the publication of proposed law so that interested citizens may give they opinion on the same and it was not meant to be for name sake.
2. The petitioners along side this mentioned how the public were not given sufficient time to comment to the Drafts.3. The petitioners also mentioned that invitation of comments on LDAR, LAPR was done in a namesake manner for ulterior benefits thereby suppressing public notice which would in turn invite comments from them. They mentioned that it was important for them to have scrutiny in the pre-legislative phase itself.4. Along with these there was a concern raised that the controversial amendments had failed to include the history and culture of the Union Territory.