New prices introduced in parts of Mangalore on Saturday itself
Several consumers had to shell out more for their daily quota of Nandini milk at the dairy booths on Saturday even before the revised price came into effect in this region.
The Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Union Limited (DKMUL) decided to increase prices of all brands of milk by Rs. 4 a litre while the price of Samrudhi has been hiked by Rs. 3 a litre in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi with effect from Sunday. However, the revised price had come into force in Bangalore and some other parts of the State on Saturday.
“We have been informed about the new prices last night. Hence we are selling milk at the revised price which has been published in the newspapers,” said a milk dealer in Jeppu. At a shop in Kottara, milk was sold as per the existing price for regular customers while milk was provided at the new prices for new customers.
The DKMUL Managing Director, B.V. Satyanarayana, told The Hindu that the decision of the Karnataka Milk Federation to increase the price reached the union late on Friday.
Therefore, it was decided to introduce the new prices from Sunday. On shopkeepers collecting the revised price on Saturday itself, Mr. Satyanarayana said the dealers have been told to reimburse the excess money.
The hike in the milk prices has left many people disappointed.
“This certainly affects me. Practically this increases my monthly expenditure on milk by Rs. 300,” said Mohammed Nazeer, a resident of Marnamikatta.
Rashmi Hegde, a homemaker, said the hike in the price of milk would drastically alter the monthly household expenses. “First there was an increase in the price of LPG gas. Now it’s milk. Shortly we will be hearing about electricity tariff hike,” Ms. Hegde said.
This is the third time the price of milk has been increased in the last three years. The previous revision was made in January last year.