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Critically assess the development plans that have been proposed for the Lakshadweep islands.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

1. Critically assess the development plans that have been proposed for the Lakshadweep islands. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu  

Why the question:

The article argues against the recent policies introduced by the Lakshadweep Administrator in Lakshadweep.

Key Demand of the question:

Critically assess the development plans that have been proposed for the Lakshadweep islands.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with recent background of the issue.

Body:

Explain in what way the new policies with their one-dimensional focus on economic growth and development seem to be overlooking the environmental fragility and unique cultural geography of the islands.

Policies introduced by Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel in Lakshadweep have sparked protests in the union territory.

Discuss the issues in detail; issues with Draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR).

Comment on what needs to be done.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.