…And now milk war broke out in Tamil Nadu as well, letter to Amit Shah to stop purchase of Amul’s milk
Chennai : After Karnataka, now milk war has started in Tamil Nadu as well. Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to the Union Home Minister to ban the sale and purchase of Amul milk. Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to the Union Home and Cooperation Minister, requesting him to direct Gujarat-based dairy company ‘Amul’ to stop procuring milk in Tamil Nadu with immediate effect.
In a letter written to Amit Shah, Chief Minister MK Stalin has drawn the attention of the Central Government to the issues arising out of procurement of milk by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (Amul) in Tamil Nadu ‘Milk Shed’ area. He said that recently it has come to the notice of the state government that Amul has used its multi-state cooperative license to set up a ‘chilling center’ and processing plant in Krishnagiri district.
Amul plans to buy milk in seven districts
Simultaneously, Amul, through FPOs and SHGs located in and around Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts in Tamil Nadu, said Chief Minister MK Stalin in a letter to Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah. Planned to buy milk. Stalin wrote in his letter that it has been a rule in India that cooperatives are allowed to flourish without infringing on each other’s ‘milk-shed’ area. Thus interfering in each other’s procurement is against the spirit of White Revolution and will lead to problems for the consumers in view of the current milk shortage scenario.
Cooperative societies ready to save from rising milk prices
He has further written that this step of Amul will increase fierce competition among cooperatives involved in the sale and purchase of milk and dairy products. He wrote that regional cooperatives have played an important role in the development of dairies in the states and they have been its cornerstone. He wrote that these cooperatives are well prepared to interact with and support milk producers as well as protect consumers from rising milk prices. He said that in view of the preparedness of these cooperatives, I request your immediate intervention to direct Amul to immediately stop the purchase of milk in Tamil Nadu.
A three-tier dairy cooperative system exists in Tamil Nadu.
Along with this, Chief Minister MK Stalin has made it clear that till now Amul used to sell its own products at its own outlets in Tamil Nadu. He said that Tamil Nadu, like other states of the country, has been effectively operating a three-tier dairy cooperative system since 1981 for the benefit of rural milk producers and consumers. He said that Aavin is our apex cooperative marketing federation, which operates 9,673 milk producer cooperatives in rural areas. It procures about 35 LLPD milk daily from about 4,50,000 milk producer members. This arrangement guarantees the milk producers procurement of milk at remunerative prices in a uniform manner throughout the year.