Mumbai, July 7: Milk supply in Mumbai is likely to take a hit as demands subsidy on milk for dairy farmers remain unfulfilled. Seeking subsidy, Lok Sabha MP & leader of Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana (SSS), Raju Shetti on Saturday announced that supply of milk will be disrupted in Mumbai from July 16 if the government does not listen to their demands.
As per reports, Shetti demanded Rs 5 per litre as the subsidy for dairy farmers to help them tide over the present rise in prices. “The subsidy should be given for a few months till the crisis is over. In case the government failed to adhere to our request, we would stop the supply of milk to Mumbai from July 16,” Shetti had said.
Shetti had earlier this week said that the SSS will be staging roadblocks on the vital supply routes of Mumbai from Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur districts, and Ahmedabad, Nashik and Pune. The farmers have been demanding subsidy on milk for dairy farmers and also the settlement of arrears for sugarcane farmers.
Earlier this week, Shetti said that the Devendra Fadnavis-led government has not kept its promise of providing farmers a subsidy of Rs. 5 per litre of milk. "We are giving it till July 16 to credit the amount directly to the farmers’ accounts", Shetti had said.
It must be noted that Mumbai gets its milk supply from Kolhapur and Sangli districts.In these two districts, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has a strong presence. According to reports, Gokul alone supplies around 7 lakh litres to the metropolis. If the demands are not fulfilled, Mumbaikars will have to face a tough time in the coming weeks