This article is from Jun 02, 2021

Lakshadweep’s Administration closing down local dairy farms only to open Amul outlets!

Residents of Lakshadweep are protesting against the closure and the auctioning of all dairy farms in Lakshadweep. The administration is accused of making these decisions to create a market for the Amul company.

The people of Lakshadweep are protesting against the administration’s decision to close two dairy farms owned by the Department of Animal Husbandry on the islands of Kavaratti and Minicoy. On May 27, Lakshadweep’s Animal Husbandry Department held an auction for 68 cattle on the two farms. But the auction was halted because no people came forward to buy it.

BJP politician Praful Khoda Patel, who took over as Lakshadweep’s administrator last December, has been condemned by various leaders across India for his actions, including banning those with more than two children from contesting panchayat elections, banning the distribution of non – vegetarian food in schools and dismissing hundreds of ordinary workers. All the laws that are enacted are against the people of the island, disrupting their lives and the people living there are constantly engaged in a struggle to get him back immediately. One of the many controversial decisions is to close the dairy farms that have been in operation for many years.

In Lakshadweep, where almost 95% of the population is Muslim, a draft law called the Lakshadweep Animal Welfare Regulation has been implemented. Accordingly, it was forbidden to slaughter cows, sell, buy or buy beef. This is why it is said that none of the people living there came forward to participate in the auction.

A few days ago, the Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation and the Ernakulam branch manager of Amul were ordered to set up their first store in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The first branch of Amul is located in front of the Lakshadweep Development Corporation Limited (LDCL) office in Kavaratti. It is noteworthy that the Department of Animal Husbandry has been operating these two dairy farms for almost 12 years.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Asif Ali, a member of the Kavaratti district panchayat of the Congress party, said, “Many years ago we got our dairy products from Milma (Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation). Then our livestock department started two dairy farms. But now for the reason that Patel came from Gujarat, he wants to close them to provide market here to Gujarat company Amul. The people will disregard every move of this administration until all the anti-people reforms and laws are withdrawn. ”

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It is noteworthy that in Kerala, the first state in India to end this series of protests by the Lakshadweep people, a resolution was unanimously passed demanding the removal of Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Patel over his “anti-people” policies.

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