Kerala’s High Court on Tuesday temporarily suspended two controversial orders from the administration of Lakshadweep – one on the closure of dairy farms and the other on changing the lunch menu for island schoolchildren.
Lakshadweep administrator Praful K Patel had recently ordered the closure of government-owned dairy farms and the removal of meat and chicken from the lunch program menu, prompting Ajmal Ahamed, from Lakshadweep, to to file a public interest dispute. in the High Court.
The petition said the midday meal order was issued with the bad faith intent to change the eating habits of islanders, and alleged that the decision to close government-run dairy farms was aimed at promoting the marketing of dairy products from Gujarat, State of origin of Patel.
Suspending orders and giving Union Territory two weeks to file its counter-affidavit, a division bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly asked the Union government why it is disrupting eating habits of the region.
The two orders suspended by the High Court are part of a series of controversial decisions and administrator bills – ranging from banning beef to disqualifying panchayat poll seekers with more than two children, and l introduction of an anti-goonda law – which caused unrest in the territory of the Union.
The petitioner also wanted a suspension of the decision to hand over the island lunch program to a Bangalore-based NGO, Akshaya Patra, but did not insist as the Union government informed the court that it did not intend to proceed. with the decision.
The petition also stated that the administrator of Lakshadweep should refrain from implementing any reform “which undermines ethnic culture, heritage, eating habits and affects the serene and calm atmosphere of the Lakshadweep Islands and also violates the law. constitutional guaranteed by Articles 19 and 300A of the Constitution of India ”.