Kolhapur, Jan 13 (UNI) Dudh Darvadh Kriti Samiti (Action committee against milk sell rate) has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court seeking its direction on decreasing the selling rate of milk.
Addressing a news conference here today, Dudh Darvadh Kriti Samiti president Vijay Devne said he filed the petition on January 10. There are 15 respondents, including District Dairy Development officer (Kolhapur), Commissioner of Dairy Development (pune), Maharashtra government and the cooperative societies that deal in the business of purchasing and selling of milk.
He said the cooperative societies purchase the milk from the producers at Rs 15 per litre and expend Rs three under different heads, thus they spend Rs 18 per litre. But they sell the milk at Rs 23 per litre, thus there is a difference of Rs five between the purchase and selling price of milk, which can not be explained.
Thus, they are making exorbitant profit, he alleged.
The milk is an essential commodity and therefore, extra charging was unwarranted by them. The government had set the rate of selling milk at Rs 19 per litre, which was a sufficient profit for them, he charged.
Mr Devne alleged that the cooperatives hike the milk selling price without seeking prior permission from the competent authority, and their this action was illegal.
He pointed out that the societies were on one hand claiming all the benefits provided to the cooperative societies, while on the other, they were taking undue advantage of their status in the society and harassing the public in general, he added.
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