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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

State government to revive ailing HP Milk Fed. recurring financial losses

State government would revive the ailing Himachal Pradesh Milk Federation Ltd. (HPMFL), a state public sector unit from recurring financial losses as it run couple of milk chilling plants in the state.

This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma while replying to joint query raised by Maheshwar Singh and Govind Singh Thakur  in the state assembly today.

Disclosing that HPMFL was rendering book value loss of Rs. 26.49 crore, he said that the government had made provision of  Rs. 13.50 crore grant-in-aid in the budget outlay for year 2013-14 to make the pending payment of cattle rearers after procuring milk compared to Rs. 12 crore financial grant in year 2012-13.

Mr. Sharma said that liabilities of milk fed has mounted upto Rs. 4,80 crore to make the payment of milkmen as more than 50,000 milk producers belonging to Shimla, Kullu and Mandi district were providing milk to this unit. He said that firms did not remitted the payment to them on daily basis.

He said that state government has increased the procurement price of milk from Rs. 17.50 to Rs. 18.50 per liter in the recent budget to help the people earning their livelihood from this vocation. He said that last BJP rule had also increased the procurement price of milk to benefit the farmers but it worsen the financial losses of this unit.

“The financial condition of this unit further deteriorated during the last rule which increased procurement price by Rs. 4 per liter of milk without making provisions of matching grant for this hike”, Minister said.

He said that milk chilling plants running by this state unit have a capacity to consume 67,000 liter per day milk, which was only earning profit in the sale of milk while rest of milk manufactured products were recurring loss to this unit.

The government also informed that state unit does not fixed any target to procure daily quota of milk as it was being procuring milk from the people at selected places.

HPMFL recently introduced first dry milk pack product of half kilogram in open market as supply of 24,000 quintal milk powder has been made available in its outlet chain in the state and moreover it was providing supply of about 7,500 quintal to all 18,352 anganwaris in state.

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  1. kksharma
    Aug 02, 2013 - 07:11 PM

    Himachal Milk fedeation has made good progress.

    • Varun Rattan Singh
      Aug 12, 2013 - 11:16 PM

      Revive and then do what, squander away the money once again. It is a business which is best run by businessmen not the politicians.


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