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Farmers' body calls for settling issues related to milk industry

J&K Kisan Council has slammed the Jammu municipal corporation (JMC) after its officers destroyed milk by calling it as adulterated. Vikrant Dogra, general secretary, J&K Kisan Council, on Wednesday said issues related to quality and supply of milk had to be judiciously settled and all stakeholders should come on one platform for resolving issues related to milk industry in the state.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2013 18:45 IST
HT Correspondent

J&K Kisan Council has slammed the Jammu municipal corporation (JMC) after its officers destroyed milk by calling it as adulterated. Vikrant Dogra, general secretary, J&K Kisan Council, on Wednesday said issues related to quality and supply of milk had to be judiciously settled and all stakeholders should come on one platform for resolving issues related to milk industry in the state.

He added that for the past one decade, milk producers' community is crying for settlement of their grievances with regard to rates of milk, which are almost Rs 10 less than the neighbouring states.
Dogra condemned the statement of the JMC in which it was stated that milk will be brought from Punjab if the strike by milk producers in the state continues. He said it is ironic that in J&K, milk rates are fixed by the CAPD, which are way below the rates of milk and its products at the national level. If rate of milk is fixed at Rs 26 per litre in the state, the same is Rs 36-37 in Punjab, HP, Haryana and Delhi, he added.

Same is the case with 'paneer', as CAPD rate for it is Rs 16 per kg, whereas in all states it is above `200. If the rate of milk is brought on par with other states like Punjab, most of the issues with regard to the quality and supply of milk will be resolved at one go, Dogra added.

He said apart from injustice with regard to rate of milk, the infrastructure that milk producers and 'dhoodi Gujjars' are using is primitive and government has hardly done anything to upgrade it.

The families of 'dhoodi Gujjars' or milk producers remain awake whole night to produce milk for people living in urban areas, but the recent ill-treatment by the JMC is totally uncalled for and not dignified in any manner, he added.

The J&K Kisan Council has already taken up matter related to milk rates with the J&K Advisory Board for Famers and further appeal to the chief minister to intervene into the matter in the interest of 'dhoodi Gujjars' and milk industry of the state and restrain JMC and other bodies from destroying milk produced by any milk producer at any level, Dogra said.