The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) city unit on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the milk factory here protesting against the hike in milk price.

Addressing the gathering, CPI (M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said the people were facing hardships due to steep rise in prices of essential commodities. The hike in price of milk was another blow for the commoner. The milk factory jacked up the prices when the bifurcation issue was rocking the State for the last two months. The union overnight decided to hike the prices under the garb that the maintenance, procurement etc costs have increased, he said.

The elected representatives too have no concern for the public. They haven’t responded to the steep hike in the milk price.

The children would be deprived of balanced diet due to increase in price, he said.

The milk factory was supplying 2.5 lakh litres of milk every day.

The hike would put a burden of Rs.5 lakh per day, and Rs. 18 crore a year on the city, he said, adding, “the CPI(M) would launch an agitation if the hike was not rolled back.”

CPI(M) city secretariat members U V Rama Raju, D. Vishnuvardhan, B.Ramana, Sambi Reddy, and G.Nataraj were among those present.

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