"Aim to offset increase in the cost of processing and distribution"
Revised prices will apply to all milk variants"It's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the household budget"
NEW DELHI: After vegetables, fruits and pulses, it's now Mother Dairy's revised price list that has budget-watchers upset and complaining here in the Capital.
Mother Dairy has announced that its revised rates, which would come into effect from Thursday, are aimed at enabling dairy cooperatives pay a higher price to rural milk producers and to offset the increase in the cost of processing and distribution.
Complaining about the hike, a young mother from Prasad Nagar, Soni Pandey, said: "It's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the household budget with the prices of essential commodities shooting up the way they are. Also, with a growing child at home, milk is something that we cannot do without and the latest hike is definitely going to upset the budget.''
Mother Dairy's revised prices will apply to all milk variants.
Speaking about the hike, a resident of East Delhi, Sangeeta Kumari, said: "I run my house on a tight budget and we are just about recovering from the shock of increased prices of vegetables, fruits and pulses. This hike now will put an additional burden on our budget. To cover this unexpected increase, we will have to cut down on planned entertainment and shopping. The Capital is increasingly becoming an expensive city to live in, specially for the average middle class families who have a fixed monthly income.''
While households with growing children and senior citizens seem to be the worst hit by the announcement, restaurant owners and small tea-shop owners complained that they too would be forced to hike the rates in view of the increased price of milk.
"Customers may need to pay more for their tea, coffee and other milk products to make up for the increase in Mother Dairy prices. We have the option of using milk and milk products from other companies, but these companies too may now hike their prices,'' said Vikas Gupta who runs a tea stall on Rafi Marg.