Milk to be costlier by Rs 2

Bhubaneswar: The state government-run Odisha State Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd (Omfed) has decided to raise price of milk by Rs 2 from February 4.
 
As per the fresh decision, consumers have to pay Rs 28 per litre for toned milk instead of Rs 26 while double toned milk will cost Rs 26 per litre instead of Rs 24.
 
OMFED authorities cited that the hike was made for the benefit of dairy farmers who had been demanding more margins since long. The hiked amount would go to the farmers directly, they added. The milkmen who were paid Rs 18.5 will get Rs 20.5 now after hike effective.
 
"The dairy farmers who were earlier getting Rs 18.5 per litre now will get Rs 20.5 from February 4", Omfed Public Relation Officer Subhas Chandra Tripathy said.
 
Justifying the price hike, General Secretary of Odisha Dairy Farmers Association Pradip Behera said, "As price of essential commodities has frequently increased in the recent past, it is difficult for a milkman to maintain his family. So, the farmers should be paid Rs 25 per litre."
 
However, the frequent price hike of the essential commodities like milk has resented people.
 
“We are getting sub-standard milk and still they are hiking price. It is simply disastrous for the common man," a consumer said.
 
Earlier in November last the Omfed had raised milk price by Re 1 under the guise of making transportation feasible.