Three days after Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetty threatened to stop milk supply to Mumbai if demands of the dairy farmers are not met, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced to hold a meeting, including Opposition leaders, to discuss the issue.
The Assembly discussed a calling attention motion over the dairy farmers and their demand of Rs. 5 subsidy per litre in their bank accounts to address the low procurement prices.
Shiv Sena MLA Manohar Bhoir said the government has no control over private milk societies, and it should announce Rs. 5 subsidy per litre on the lines of Goa and Karnataka.
Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said dairy farmers do not get more than Rs. 17-18 per litre, and the State is not ready to take measures to help them.
“If the government fails to take steps, the dairy business may face the threat of being collapsed. The blame will be on you,” Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar said, addressing Animal Husbandry minister Mahadev Jankar. He demanded that the subsidy be directly deposited in the accounts of the farmers.
As Mr. Jankar said the meeting will be chaired by the CM, the Opposition demanded that the motion be kept reserved till the meeting. Mr. Fadnavis accepted the demand.
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