Faisal, who raised a demand for Lakshadweep to be accorded self-governance rights at the start of the winter session of Parliament, also wrote to Sanjeev Balyan, the junior minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairying this week, and alleged that the island administration has failed to appoint veterinary surgeons and staff on contract basis despite orders by the Kerala High Court.
He also said all contractual veterinary doctors engaged in the 10 inhabited islands were withdrawn from service without cause, leaving Kavaratti with one permanent vet incapable of servicing the veterinary needs of all 10 inhabited islands, and the livestock suffering.
“The weird approach of administration in disengaging veterinary doctors and not making alternative arrangements has resulted in lack of medical care, surgical care, gynecology care as well as vaccination and breeding facilities…The Hon’ble Court even took note of the time likely to be taken in finalising appointments on contract basis and directed Lakshadweep Administration to explore the possibility of deputing doctors or permit NGOs or qualified vets to provide treatment in inhabited areas. Despite this, administration has not taken any action to obey court orders,” the MP said.
Referring to the lack of adequate medical facilities to rein in the spread of the disease, Faisal said was a violation of the islanders’ fundamental right to health care enshrined under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.