KERALA HIGH COURT DISMISSES PETITION AGAINST CLOSING OF DAIRY FARMS AND REMOVAL OF MEAT IN MID DAY MEALS

Lakshadweep

A petition questioning the Lakshwadeep administration’s decision to close down dairy farms and stop meat in mid day meals was rejected by the Kerala High Court on Friday. The High Court cited that it cannot be interfering in policy matters.

The petitioner Ajmal Ahamad was told by the court that it won’t be interfering in such policy decisions while the counsel for the administration S Manu pointed out that the dairy farms were running at a loss. According to him the island was losing Rs. One Crore every year. The council said the nutrition value of the menu was well above the stipulated value and that the petitioner raised this argument for ‘publicity’.

Peeyus Kottam, the counsel for the petitioner pointed out that the new changes brought upon by the administration would infringe the ethnic culture, food habits and rights of the residents of the island under Article 19 of the Constitution. A division bench of Chief Justice S Mani Kumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly dismissed the petition.

The petitioner is also a member of the Save Lakshadweep Forum which has been protesting against the three draft regulations by the administration of the islands.

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