Increased quality, not price of milk: CM

Summit Report

GANGTOK, 22 Feb:

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamangtoday said that the procurement price of milk has not been decreased in the State but initiative has been taken to increase the quality of milk. He was responding to allegations that the government is being unfair to dairy farmers by decreasing the procurement price of milk.

An SKM press release informs that the Chief Minister said this during a programme today held at Sokeythang, Tadong.

The CM further said that Sikkim has been providing the highest price of milk and declared to raise the minimum price of milk to Rs 40 per litre from 01 March to further motivate farmers of the State. The existing minimum price for milk is Rs 36 per litre in the State.

He added that the incentive of Rs 8 per litre to farmer would remainwhich would further increase the minimum price of milk to Rs 48.

Speaking further on the topic, the CM stated that the opposition has been trying to mislead innocent people and farmers on the issue. He alleged that the earlier government had totally failed to work in the interest of farmers in its 25 years of government.

The government could have been blamed if it had cut down the cash incentive of Rs 8 per litre provided to farmers but it has not done so.