The state government has sent a proposal to the Centre,seeking its approval for a law envisaging life imprisonment for those indulging in milk adulteration.
This was disclosed by guardian minister Ajit Pawar at the launch of the Sahyadri Cow Farm at Katphal,Baramati,on Wednesday. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar,who also attended the function,promised his help in getting the proposal approved.
Ajit Pawar said,In order to increase the productivity and generate additional income,more and more farmers should turn to dairy farming. However,nowadays,milk adulteration has become rampant. And unfortunately,the government had to come up with an Act that entails life term to those found indulging in milk adulteration.
Sharad Pawar said,We keep reading news about adulterated milk being seized in Solapur,Satara and various parts of the state. Therefore,the state has come up with an Act against those indulging in milk adulteration,by giving them a life sentence. When I get back to Delhi,I will be the first to sign on that proposal and then get it cleared by the President as soon as possible… The poor milk producers do not actually indulge in milk adulteration,but such things are actually done by the distributors. Hence,it is necessary to keep an eye on these elements. They should be put in place through some kind of strong deterrence.
Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe too had recently said that such a proposal was being sent to the Centre. He had also promised to bring these cases before the fast track court for immediate action against offenders.
MP Supriya Sule,chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB),Amrita Patel and State Bank of India chairman OP Bhatt were present.
Shreiber Dynamix Dairies,State Bank of India and Sahyadri Agro Produce and Dairy Pvt Ltd have come together to set up the cow farm. Shreiber Dynamix chairman KM Goenka said the facility had been created with an investment of Rs 40 crore,with Rs 30 crore funding coming in from SBI. The farm,with a capacity to take in 1,500 cows,is expected to be expanded in the long run to accommodate 6,000 cows. The total milk generation of the farm now is 80,000 litres a day.