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This state did not pay Rs 130 crore for milk, the sword hanging on the nutrition of 20 lakh children

The KMF has expressed its inability to supply milk to Anganwadis in the neighboring state. The union says that unless the dues of Rs 130 crore are paid and the price is increased by Rs 5 per liter, it will not be able to supply milk.

Amaravati : The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has expressed its inability to supply milk to Anganwadis in Andhra Pradesh. The union says that unless the dues of Rs 130 crore are paid and the price is increased by Rs 5 per liter, it will not be able to supply milk.Also Read – Karnataka Lockdown: Karnataka government gave big relief, completely removed Night Curfew; View New Guidelines

Under the Sampoorna Poshan Yojana, 20 lakh children under the age of six could be deprived of nutritious food if the supply of milk from Karnataka stops. Also Read – Petrol-Diesel Price: After the central government, many state governments cut taxes, and petrol-diesel became cheaper

Andhra Pradesh government is procuring 110 lakh liters of milk (ultra high temperature milk) per month from KMF under the Nandini brand. Under this, milk is pasteurized at a temperature of 138 to 158 degree Celsius for a few seconds, after which it is packed without being exposed to air. This allows milk to be stored for a long time. This type of milk is called ultra high temperature milk. Also Read – Petrol-Diesel Rates Reduced in States: Major reduction of Rs 7 to 12 in many states, maximum reduction in UP

Official sources said that for the last four months, the state government has not paid the KMF. Due to this, the outstanding amount reached 130 crores and a dispute also broke out regarding the price. KMF is charging Rs 5 less per liter of ‘actual price’ as per the agreement signed with Andhra Pradesh government in June 2020, as the scheme is linked to social responsibility.

In February this year, KMF demanded an increase of Rs 5 per liter citing increase in purchase price, increase in diesel price and other raw materials. The government of Andhra Pradesh had said that the old price should be retained till May 2021. KMF Managing Director BC Satish, in a letter to Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Praveen Prakash, said that they had not agreed to Andhra Pradesh’s proposal, but on verbal assurances from the Andhra Pradesh government to increase the price, supply milk at the old price. continued. Even after sending letters several times, the price did not increase.

Satish says that he wants the government to immediately pay the outstanding amount of Rs 130 crore and another Rs 2.33 crore directly to the milk unions. Official sources here said that the Managing Director of KMF had earlier sent several letters to Chief Secretary Women and Child Development AR Anuradha on the issue but no solution came out. Official sources said that they have submitted the bills to the Finance Department, but the payment has not been approved for a long time. (Input – PTI)

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