Unable to control milk prices, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has warned errant milk cooperatives of strict action under the Cooperatives Act.
The state government has fixed a minimum price of Rs 20 per litre payable by milk cooperatives to dairy farmers for cow milk and a minimum price of Rs 29 per litre for buffalo milk in November 2013. The BJP-led government had in July 2015 ordered that as per Section 79 (A) of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, milk cooperatives have to pay this minimum rate to dairy farmers, as well as transportation charges of Rs 3.35 per litre.
Eknath Khadse, minister for animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, said, “We have observed that some primary milk cooperatives do not pay the mandated minimum amount to milk producers, and so we are not being able to effectively implement the government’s decision.”
The state government has appealed to milk producers to register a complaint with the district-level authorities of the state cooperatives department.
”Once we receive a complaint, the concerned official will conduct an inquiry, following which we will take strict action against the members of the cooperative and concerned employees under the Cooperative Act,” Khadse said.