Ponda: Many parts of the state witnessed a shortage in milk on Wednesday after Goa Dairy tempo operators refused to undertake supply in protest of e-tendering of routes.
Of the 28 operators plying on 36 routes, only six tempos of three operators and three vehicles of Goa Dairy could manage to supply 29,350 litres of milk. Goa Dairy had a total demand of 57,000 litres on Wednesday.
Every year, Goa Dairy would undertake physical tendering of routes. However, this year, the dairy had issued e-tenders for the routes. Sources said that except one operator from Collem, Dharbandora, no one had responded to the e-tender.
Fearing that the routes may be allotted to new operators, around 25 operators protested the dairy’s move by not plying their vehicles laden with milk on Wednesday.
The move affected supply to Aldona, Bicholim, Calangute, Mapusa, Marcel, Divar, Panaji, Porvorim, Siolim, Canacona, Margao, Ponda and Vasco leading to a loss of Rs 14 lakh as sale 27,650 litres of milk was halted, Durgesh Shirodkar, Chairman of Goa Dairy’s administrative committee said.
Rupesh Rohidas Naik, a tempo operator from Veling-Priol, said that he along with two other operators – Umesh Gaude and Damodar Narayan Naik, from Veling, managed ensure supply on six routes, while Goa Dairy had sent its three vehicles to three routes to avoid a major shortage of milk in the retail market.
Naik said that the agitating operators have called off strike after cooperation minister Govind Gaude assured them that no route will be allotted to the e-tendering bidder.