The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced an increase of Rs. 2 per litre in the selling price of toned milk supplied to consumers through monthly cards. The rate will go up to Rs. 17.75 per litre from Rs. 15.75 per litre.
As for milk sold to non-card holders through ‘Aavin’ (Tamil Nadu Milk Producers’ Federation) depots or retailers, the increase in the selling price of toned milk will be Rs. 2.5 per litre. The revised maximum retail price will be Rs. 20.5 against the existing Rs. 18.
For standardised milk sold through automatic vending machines, the rise will be Rs. 2 per half-a-litre for non-card holders. The new rate will be Rs. 12 (current rate: Rs 10). In the case of card holders, the difference will be Rs. 1.5 per half-a-litre with the existing rate of Rs. 9.25 going up to Rs. 10.75.
The government also decided to increase the procurement price of cow milk by Rs. 2 per litre and that of buffalo milk by Rs. 5 per litre.
The decisions will come into effect from September 1, according to an official release.
The decisions were arrived at after discussions between the government, represented by Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami and Dairy Development Minister U. Mathivanan, and office-bearers of the Milk Producers’ Welfare Association, including K.A. Sengottuvel, president.