Indian Railways plays saviour for Mumbaiites, carts milk by trains as protesters block roads
As the farmer groups from Maharashtra blocked milk supplies through roads from Gujarat, milk supply to the city remained largely unaffected
As the farmer groups from Maharashtra blocked milk supplies through roads from Gujarat, milk supply to the city remained largely unaffected. Milk was brought into the state by the Indian Railways, which played the saviour's role. Farmer groups tried to stop supplies from Gujarat, as they were demanding milk procurement rate hike. They stopped and vandalised milk tankers at Kolhapur, Sangli, Palghar, Jalna and Solapur.
They are demanding that dairies and federations hike procurement rates by Rs 5 per litre or the government pays them the amount as subsidy, according to a DNA report. Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) announced an indefinite protest on Wednesday and camped at Achad toll naka in Palghar and thereafter forced milk tankers from Gujarat to go back, the report said.
The state government has called for a meeting with representatives of the milk federation on Thursday. However, Shetti said he did not receive any feelers from the government. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar are expected to attend the meeting to resolve this pressing issue.