Over two weeks after a special report of the Ludhiana District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited situated at the Milkfed plant on Ferozepur Road, claimed that a loss of more than Rs 1.30 crore was incurred due to the cooperative society’s general manager SR Saini, the latter on Tuesday held a press conference refuting the findings of the report.
Saini was accused of not taking permission from board of directors before procurement of milk from Ganesh Sewa Samiti, a firm in Rajasthan, and also procuring milk for one year instead of the permitted 15 days. He was also accused of not recovering the estimated cost of milk powder, causing loss worth over Rs 1.3 crore.
The cooperative society has been assigned the task to procure milk for Ludhiana district by the state-owned Milkfed.
Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday, Saini, along with the cooperative society’s chairman Ajmer Singh Bhagpur said, “Our union followed the policies of the government and our board. We have not incurred any loss for which chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also lauded us in a recent meeting. In fact, for the past many years, the Ludhiana milk plant has always stood first when it comes to profits.”
When questioned about the poor quality of rice pudding and milk bottles that are not served chilled at the milk plant’s shop, they claimed that they ensured high quality products and served chilled milk bottles round the clock.