WHAT WAS THE CASE
- The two controversial orders passed by the Lakshadweep Administration have been put on stay by the Kerala High Court.
- The first order puts a ban on dairy products and dairy farms.
- The second order seeks to remove meat from the diet of children during their mid day meal.
- A PIL regarding this was filed by a lawyer Ajmal Ahmad, who also happens to be a resident of Lakshadweep.
- The PIL was heard by a bench consisting of Justice Shaji P Chaly and Chief Justice S Manikumar.
WHAT DID THE COURT SAY
- The earlier system regarding mid day meals would be continued, that is, meat would continue to be served to the children.
- The Court also remarked that it had failed to understand why the mid day meal menu would be changed for the children.
- It was held by Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly, that the mid day meal menu would be fixed and any order that said otherwise would be contrary to the National Program Of Mid Day Meal in Schools.
- The Court also ordered that dairy farms would remain functional even if their closure was necessary to prevent financial loss.
WHAT WAS THE ORDER
- The Order stated that all dairy farms run by the Animal Husbandry Department.
- Animals like bulls and calves were to be sold off by way of auctioning.
- The Petitioner has alleged that this order has been passed with the intention to alter the dietary practices of the residents.
- The order has been said to be arbitrary and discriminatory.
- It has been alleged by the Petitioner that this order violates the provisions of Articles 14, 15, 16, 19 and 21.
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