Jagatsinghpur, April 21 (LocalWire): Yadavs in the state are unhappy that no steps have been taken for the development of their community and have vowed for a change in the government at the state and the Centre.
There is a sizeable population of ‘Yadavs’ in Jagatsinghpur and other areas of the state who eke out a living by rearing cows and looking after the dairy farms.
They say political leaders stress for the development of this community during elections but later their plight is forgotten.
Union Minister Ramkrilpa Yadav during his marathon election rally and road show at Jagatsinghpur before the panchayat elections in 2017 in Raghunathpur, Tirtol, Kujang and Erasama had sought the support of the Yadav communities to bring BJP in power and had promised to resolve their issues, which still remains unfulfilled.
They complained that the state government agency OMFED and private companies like Pragati and Milk Moo who procure milk from them have not increased the rate of milk for the benefit of dairy farmers.
OMFED procures milk from the farmers through a milk chilling centre, established in Tirtol with a capacity of 50,000 litres per day while 25,000 litres of milk is collected from another milk chilling centre in Balikuda. Besides this, other private milk producers have also collected nearly 75,000 litres of milk.
Sarswati Das from the community in Tirtol Assembly constituency said, ‘We have maintained our livelihood by rearing milk cows. We need grazing land to feed the cows which is dwindling because the state government is encroaching and giving away land to the poor to construct houses for free.
Acute scarcity of grass and skyrocketing rate of cattle feed have worsened our situation,’ she added.
Another milkman said ‘a litre of bottled water is sold at Rs 20 to 25 whereas a dairy farmer only gets between Rs 22 to Rs 28 for every litre of milk. We have demanded the MSP of per litre of milk to be fixed at Rs 30 to Rs 32.These agencies procure dairy products at a cheaper rate from the farmers and exploit the consumers by selling it at a higher price,’ he added.
Jagatsinghpur has recorded the highest milk production in the state but milkmen have been harassed due to distress sale of milk. Milkmen demanded a milk powder factory to be set up but the government has done nothing towards it.
Bira Kishore Parida, a Yadav leader said, ‘We complained to the government and also to OMFED but no steps have been taken to fulfil our demands.
We have also given memorandum on different issues to both the Union government and the state government but to no avail so we have decided not to cast our vote in favour of the ruling governments.