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Dairy farmers to get Rs25 per litre from August , says Raju Shetti in Pune

Shetti, however, warned the state government of consequences if the claims made by the government do not convert into reality.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2018 15:47 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and MP Raju Shetti addressing a press conference in Pune on Tuesday. (PTI )

Claiming it to be the result of the statewide milk protest staged by the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), Raju Shetti, its leader and member of parliament (MP), on Tuesday, said that the state government will start giving additional subsidy (Rs 5) on milk to farmers from August 1, hence increasing the cost of milk per litre to Rs 25.

“The government has decided to give Rs 25 per litre for milk to dairy farmers with effect from August 1. I am in constant communication with the state government and they have assured me that the new prices of milk will be implemented from Wednesday,” Shetti said.

Shetti was speaking at a press meet organised by the Pune union of working journalists, where he congratulated the farmers for getting justice from the government.

Shetti, however, warned the state government of consequences if the claims made by the government do not convert into reality.Few incidents of rampage were indispensable for our agitation to be successful, added Shetti.

“Rampage in the protest verily was one of the key factors for us. However, the exhibition of it was wrong. While it was shown that over 50 per cent of the milk was wasted in the protest, the truth was that only one per cent of the milk was wasted on roads,” he added.

Shetti has been staging staunch opposition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government ever since he pulled out of the alliance. Launching a scathing attack on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Shetti accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying farmers.

He said, “I became a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the promise made by PM Narendra Modi of giving double input cost as minimum selling price to farmers against their produce. However, nothing has been done on ground so far, leaving the farmers helpless.”

I felt suffocated in my four years of association with the government as the leadership always refrains from an open dialogue, alleged Shetti.

Violet stir, govt accepts demands

Amidst the on-going violence by the agitating Maratha community for reservation, Raju Shetti, said, “It perhaps is because of the violence created by the protestors that the state government is compelled to take action regarding their demand. Earlier, protests had no outcome for the community, however, with the protest taking a violent turn, the government is now very quick in its response.”

However, I don’t support violent protests as they are ephemeral, added Shetti.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 15:46 IST