Tiruchirapalli, Feb 8:The Tamil Nadu Milk Producers Welfare Association (TNMPWA) and Tamil Nadu Primary Milk Coperative Societies Employees Association (TNPMCSEA) have urged the State Government to increase the procurement price for milk, by raising Rs five per litre of cow milk and Rs 10 per litre of buffalo milk.
Addressing a press conference, soon after holding a meeting here yesterday, TNMPWA President K A Sengottuvel and TNPMCSEA General Secretary M G Rajendran said that the demand for hike in procurement price of milk was due to the severe rise in price of cattle feed and other commodities. If the Government would not fulfill their demands they had no other alternative but stop milk procurement, they added.
They had decided to stop the milk procurement from February 19 and also decided to resort to road roko agitations, along with milch animals, all over the State, to draw the Government's attention into their problems.
The meeting urged the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to regularize all the 24,000 employees working in the milk producing cooperative societies and requested the Government to hold elections to these societies only after enacting a Model Cooperative Act.
TNMPWA's State Joint Secretary N Ganesan said the meeting expressed its concern over the Tamil Nadu Government's practise of testing milk quality, through modified Reichmond's formula, where as in other States the milk quality was checked through ISI formula. He demnaded that Tamil Nadu also should follow the ISI formula.