ANDHRA PRADESH

Naidu neglected public sector dairy: Mandali

Special Correspondent

‘Silence of the partners of the Grand Alliance on Heritage Foods issue surprising’



Daily milk production in State shot up after Congress came to power, he says

Heritage Foods raised Rs. 45 crores from depositors, says Nehru



VIJAYAWADA: Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Mandali Buddha Prasad has alleged that the public sector dairy in Andhra Pradesh was systematically rundown by N. Chandrababu Naidu when he was Chief Minister in order to benefit Heritage Foods, the private dairy owned by his family. The Minister said this after Kankipadu MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru), in an informal chat with the media, expressed surprise at the “highly righteous” leaders of the ‘Mahakootami’ (the grand alliance of the TDP, the Left and the TRS) not demanding the arrest of Mr. Naidu in connection with what he called the “Heritage Foods scam.”

The Minister said that prior to 2003, the milk production in the State was above 500 lakh litres a day, but it fell to 495 lakh litres in 2004 and fell even further in the subsequent years.

The Chittoor Dairy that was till then prospering suddenly became sick and had to be closed down. The Godavari Dairy too had met with a similar fate. After the Congress came to power in 2004, the daily milk production in the State shot up to 2,980 lakh litres, the Minister said.

Mr. Buddha Prasad wondered why the Left parties and their allies, who had the habit of complaining to the Governor without even verifying reports in the media, were not reacting to the allegations against Heritage Foods.

He also made a broadside on Nandigama MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, who, he said, acts as the “champion of the righteous,” for keeping mum on the Heritage Foods scam.

‘Mayakootami’

Alleging that the Heritage Foods had raised Rs. 45 crores from depositors, Mr. Rajasekhar said that he also deposited Rs. 50,000 when he was in the TDP. The money had to be deposited because every TDP MLA was given a target of collecting deposits of Rs. 5 lakhs, he alleged. The MLA said that the Grand Alliance was not a “Mahakootami”, but a “Mayakootami” (illusionary alliance).

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