KMF Chairman defends hike in milk price

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Bangalore, Dec 17 (UNI) Karnataka Milk Federation Chairman H D Revanna today defended the recent hike of Rs two per litre of milk and said the Federations were ready to convince the Governor in this regard.

Talking to newspersons at his residence here, he said the decision to hike the price was left to the individual Milk Federations and it was done keeping in view the larger interests of the farmers. There were 13 Milk Federations operating in the State, he pointed out.

Mr Revanna said that if the Governor or the advisors were to seek clarifications, the Federations were ready to provide details to support the decision. Yet, the price of per litre of milk was less when compared to those sold by private milk dairies, he observed.

To a question related to his interference in the Cooperatives department during the previous Janata Dal (Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition Government as alleged by former Minister G T Deve Gowda, who quit the party to join the BJP, Mr Revanna, who was the PWD Minister in that Government, said ''in some cases, it becomes inevitable as the former Minister for Cooperation had kept several files pending for months together for reasons best known to himself.

It would be better if Mr Gowda keeps quiet, otherwise I have certain details to expose him too.'' UNI

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