Demanding a rollback in the hike in milk prices by Goa dairy, the Yuva Sangharsha Samiti, a NGO, on Monday afternoon demanded a white paper on the affairs of Goa dairy.
Speaking to reporters in Ponda, samiti chairman Mahesh Panshikar opined that there was no need to hike prices as the financial position of the dairy was sound. He alleged that the state has seen a steep hike in milk prices due to wrong policies of Goa dairy’s present board of directors (BOD).
Panshikar said that the dairy chairman had recently made it clear that they pay Rs 19.90 per litre to outside milk suppliers and Rs 20.48 per litre to the state’s milk producing farmers. Based on this statement, the samiti chairman said the present BOD gets a margin of about Rs 15 per litre, when the previous BOD was working with a margin of Rs 6 – 7 per litre.
Asserting that the dairy’s daily milk production had reduced from 50,478 litres to 35,260 litres, Panshikar alleged, “Despite decline in production, the dairy has illegally appointed excessive staff and this staff is being paid at the cost of milk consumers.”
It may be recalled that the Goa dairy has hiked its milk prices by Rs 3 from Monday.