It is very interesting that we think that atoll chiefs are responsible for the development of their respective atolls and the well being of their people. This is what we are made to believe. But on closer and deeper analysis, it can be concluded that it is the exact opposite that is true.
In the last couple of years, atoll chiefs have made the development of their respective atolls to be a function of their personal convenience and happiness. The putting up of a residence worth millions of Rufiyaa is seen as development of the atoll. And much of the atoll budget’s millions of Rufiyaa is spent for buying things like furniture and new flat screen televisions for the atoll chief’s residence. The development of the atoll revolves around a Mecca of the atoll chief. A former atoll chief that I mentioned this to, claimed that all of it was in order to bring high officials to the atoll, whose visits were important to get development projects to the atoll. He said that if the atoll chief’s official residence was not posh enough for people to visit, then these important people will neglect the atoll.
After the official residence, comes a yatch dhoni and a speed launch for the atoll chief, then a posh car for his personal use. I would presume that the next in line would be a personal and private airfield for the atoll chief.
Atoll development has to be seen from the perspective of the people whose well being is preffered over the convenience and comfort of the atoll chief.