Pune: Since the Maharashtra state government has not agreed to the demands of the milk producers, the state Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Rayat Kranti Party, Republican Party (Athawale group), RSP and Shiv Sangram constituents of the Mahayuti will stage a statewide agitation on August 1.
This decision was taken on Sunday in the meeting of the Mahayuti alliance, informed BJP state general secretary MLC Sujitsingh Thakur.
The meeting was attended by BJP State President and MLA Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, Mahadev Jankar, Sadabhau Khot, Vinayak Mete, Avinash Mahatekar, BJP Kisan Morcha State President Dr Anil Bonde and others were present on the occasion.
A statewide agitation was organized on July 21 by Mahayuti to draw attention to the various demands of milk producers. The statement of demands of milk producers was also sent to the Chief Minister. If the government does not accept these demands, then the Mahayuti alliance has warned the government of intensifying the agitation from August 1.
As the government did not heed the demands of the milk producers, the constituent parties of the Mahayuti alliance have decided to further intensify the agitation. It was further decided that the agitation will be completely non-violent.
MLC Sujitsingh Thakur said, “When the central government did not import milk powder, it was trying to shift the responsibility to the centre by spreading false information."
MLC Sujitsingh Thakur further mentioned that "Due to declining demand in the lockdown, milk producers are facing a huge crisis. The price of milk has fallen by Rs 16 to Rs 17 as hotels and other businesses have stopped making purchases. There is a situation is such where even the cost of production is not recovered due to the decline in demand. The state government had announced that milk will be purchased at Rs 25 per lire."
He pointed out, "However, government milk is being procured only from certain milk unions. This is leading to malpractice and monopoly. As a result, injustice is being done to other milk producers across the state. In such a situation a subsidy of Rs 10 per litre should be directly credited in the bank accounts of milk-producing farmers. A further subsidy Rs 50 per kg for export of milk powder should be given, so also a procurement price of Rs. 30 per litre for cow's milk."
The BJP had staged an agitation in the entire state for such demands earlier on July 21.