Kolkata, June 13: The West Bengal government has decided to take over Mother Dairy as a fully-owned state government company and re-brand it as Bengal Dairy.
The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting on Friday to give this profit-making organisation a corporate entity, state law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said.
With this decision, all Mother Diary employees would be considered as state government employees.
Mother Dairy Calcutta, a government of West Bengal project, was started under Operation Flood-II of the National Dairy Development Board in 1970s to cater to the demand of Kolkata Metropolitan area.
Initially, the management of Mother Dairy was looked after by the National Dairy Development Board. On March 24, 1982 the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu dedicated Mother Dairy, Calcutta, to rural milk producers and urban milk consumers of West Bengal.
In November 1996, the management of Mother Dairy was taken over by West Bengal Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Limited.