State Congress media cell vice-president Bhupendra Gupta on Saturday alleged that Sanchi milk is being charged Rs 1 more in the state capital. “The milk societies of the state were allowed a maximum price hike of Rs 4 per litre on Sanchi milk by the Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Dairy Federation. All the milk societies in the state increased the price by only Rs 4, but the Bhopal Dairy Milk Union arbitrarily increased the price by Rs 5,” Gupta alleged.
There are five Dugdh Sanghs or Dairy Societies in the state including Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Bhopal. Bhupendra Gupta alleged that while the milk unions of Jabalpur, Sagar, Gwalior and Ujjain hiked the price of Sanchi milk by Rs 4 per litre, the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh increased the price by Rs 5.
Gupta said that after Congress raised the issue, the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh withdrew its orders and revised the new price hike to Rs 4 per litre. “Our point is, that the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh arbitrarily increased the price of milk per litre by Re 1. It does not have the authority to do that. Also, even if they have revised the milk rate from April 3 after our protest, it has still illegally collected Rs 12 lakh more than the prescribed rate. That money should be reversed to the consumers. How they do it is their headache. But the money was charged illegally from consumers and will have to be returned,” Bhupendra Gupta said.
The state Congress spokesman alleged, “What has happened is illegal extortion because the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh took Rs 12 lakh more from consumers without the permission of the government.”
Source : The Times of India 3rd April 2022