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Lakshadweep Security

Safety and Security of Lakshadweep Islands

An archipelago of 26 exquisitely coral islands, Lakshadweep islands are scattered off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea. Covering an area of 32 sq. km. Out of 26 small islands, only ten are inhabited and they are Andrott, Amini, Agatti, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmath, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Each island is densely covered with coconut palms, and serenely set in a sea, the waters of which range from palest aquamarine and turquoise, to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli. About 93 percent of the people in Lakshadweep are Shafi School Muslims of the Sunni sect, and they speak Malayalam, except in Minicoy where they speak Mahal.

Though Lakshadweep is this smallest in the whole of the country in terms of the area it is one of the largest in terms of the economic zones and territorial waters. The Exclusive economic zone comes to around 4,00000 square kilometers. This makes the island very much important from the economic point of view. The near by port are Calicut (346 Km), Cochin (404 km) and Mangalore (352 km). Airport of Lakshadweep is located in Agatti.

Lakshadweep is under the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam. The Territory also elects one member to the Lok Sabha. The Panchayat Raj system is implemented in the islands. There are Village Dweep (island) Panchayats (VDPs) and District Panchayat; each Village Dweep Panchayat has its own elected chairperson.

The entire Lakshadeep Island is classified as rural and so there is no local urban government but only Panchayat Raj institutions in a two tier structure. The entire union territory comes under one district. There is one district Panchayat in the whole of the territory and 10 Village Dweep Panchayats, one for each of the inhabited island. Many of the functions have been transferred to these local governments.

The local governments are empowered to accept taxes but are not very efficient in mobilizing taxes at the local level by the local governments. Panchayats are closer to the people since many of the Village Dweep Panchayats are smaller in size and function like a small unit unlike the same in the rest of the country.

The members of the Village Dweep Panchayats and District Panchayat are directly elected. The Chairperson of the Village Dweep Panchayats shall be members of the District Panchayat by virtue of their position as Chair person. The Panchayat are responsible for discharging their functions as provided in the Lakshadweep Panchayat Regulation 1994 and schedule III & IV of the said Regulations.

The greater public citizens accountability of the public institutions make the island more unique which too is an out come of the small size of the island. The public accountability and the seriousness in the development interest of the island administration make the development trend in the island entirely unique compared to that of the other parts of the country.

The Administrator is appointed by the President of India under clause (1) of Article 239 of the Constitution of India with effect from 22nd December, 2006. Honourable Administrator is the Head of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. He also functions ex-officio as the Inspector General of Lakshadweep Police.

Early History of Lakshadweep Islands

The British established their supremacy in India in the 19th century as a result of which they introduced their own system of administration in the islands. Their policy was to exploit the profits from the islands through the Beebi without taking responsibility of its administration. But when India got her independence in 1947, the islands came under the control of Indian Government and subsequently it was made a union territory in 1956.

Lakshadweep Police

The present set up is based on the report on “Reorganisation of Police in the LMA group of islands” prepared by Sri Kripal Singh IPS DIG Delhi Administration during the year 1969. Shri P.V.Sinari, the first IPS Officer joined the force on 16.1.74. The first batch of constables recruited on 13.7.64 were posted in the islands after basic training in January 1965. The first batch of direct entry Sub Inspectors recruited in 1971 joined the force in October 1972. The Police force consists of personnel from Kerala and the islands.

Lakshadweep Police Wireless was established in 1980 and is functioning under the Inspector (Communication). The islands are connected with High Frequency interfaced with BEST equipments, VHF and UHF. The POLNET system in the islands through which the connectivity with the rest of the country can be a reality. A special Branch unit is functioning at H.Q. Kavaratti headed by an Inspector of Police and under the direct control of the Superintendent of Police. Read more at: Lakshadweep Police Highlights

Holiday Packages

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Suheli Island excursion

Agatti Island Beach Resort

Kadmat Island Beach Resort

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