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BJP leads agitation for hike in milk procurement prices

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Mumbai/Nashik, Aug 1 (PTI) The opposition BJP on
Saturday led protests demanding a hike in milk procurement
prices in various parts of Maharashtra.

At many places, farmers poured milk on roads and
staged `rasta-roko” (blockades).

The agitators” main demands included increased subsidy
of Rs 10 per litre for milk, and procurement price of Rs 30
per litre. They also demanded a hike in the export subsidy for
milk powder.

Similar protests for better procurement prices for
milk were held recently by various farmers” organisations like
the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghantna (SSS), Rayat Shetkari
Sanghatana and All India Kisan Sabha.

On Saturday, protesters led by state BJP general
secretary and MLA Devyani Pharande squatted on the Mumbai-Agra
national highway in Nashik district in north Maharashtra.

They raised slogans against the Shiv Sena-led MVA
government before being dispersed by the police.

At Sayyad Pimpri village in the district, farmers
drank milk they had brought for delivery at a milk collection

In Latur in Marathwada region, BJP MLC Rameshappa
Karad led a ”rasta roko” agitation in Renapur.

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil targeted
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

“I want to know how many times did CM Thackeray visit
Delhi to raise the issues of milk producers in the state. If
he doesn”t know the issues of the dairy industry, he should
send (to Delhi) leaders like Ajit Pawar (NCP) and Balasaheb
Thorat (Congress) who have in-depth knowledge of the sector,”
he said.

The NCP and Congress are constituents of the Shiv
Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Another BJP leader Haribhau Bagade accused the NCP and
Congress of “misleading” people on the issue of the import of
milk powder.

The Congress and NCP had alleged that the Centre”s
import policy is affecting the domestic dairy industry.

“It”s an annual practice by the Centre to float
tenders for importing milk powder. The Centre has not imported
even a kilogram of milk powder so far,” said Bagade.

Leaders of the NCP and Congress should instead
initiate measures to increase milk procurement rates for
farmers, he said. PTI ND COR NSK

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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