Staff Reporter

Rajahmundry: The government’s ‘Ksheera Kranti’ scheme has given a new lease of life to employees, farmers and several persons dependent on the Godavari Dairy.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will formally inaugurate the renovated dairy on Saturday after laying the foundation stone for Adikavi Nannayya University buildings at Palicharla.

It is a dream come true for farmers and employees, thanks to the efforts made by local MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao to reopen the dairy, which was closed almost a decade ago. With the cooperation of Minister from the district Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao and MP Vundavalli Aruna Kumar, the MLA took up the issue of reopening the dairy under the scheme with the Chief Minister. It is estimated that Rs. 7.80 crores is required to reopen the facility and set up bulk milk chilling centres in the district. This apart, Rs. 7.39 crores is required for payment of pending salary arrears and wages of employees. When employees took to legal recourse, the government assured the High Court that it would pay arrears after renovation of the dairy. As part of reviving the dairy, the government released Rs. 7 crores with which 10 bulk milk chilling centres have been set up in the first phase. The district administration has spent Rs. 43 lakhs on machinery at Rajahmundry chilling centre.