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JAMMU: Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department, Jammu, in collaboration with J&K State Cooperative Union Ltd. and Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu organised one-day consultative conclave to discuss production of milk, distribution of milk and its products in Jammu and pricing here on Tuesday at Chamber House.
JCCI President, Rakesh Gupta, Director FCS&CA, Amit Sharma, Chairman J&K Cooperative Union Ltd, Rajesh Sharma, President Federation of Retailers Association, Yash Pal Gupta, President Chamber of Trader Federation, Neeraj Anand and President Consumer Protection Forum, D.R Danish were present on the occasion. Also present among others were Punjab Singh, G.D Bakshi, Choudhary Jameel, Kulbhushan Khajuria, Mohammad Shafi Chichi, Rashpal Singh, Sat Pal Singh, Dr. S.K Diwedi from SKUAST, Joginder Singh Jasrotia, Deputy Director FCS&CA and Vice President JCCI Rajeev Gupta.
During the event, the producers of milk claimed that they were incurring huge losses by not getting even the cost price and requested the Director FCS& CA to look into the matter who do not only agreed to their demand but also announced that the representative of milk producers association shall be made a part of the survey and pricing committee.
The Director FCS& CA said that the festive season is fast approaching so the matter regarding re-pricing of milk and milk products shall be taken soon after the festive season.
Yash Pal Gupta and Neeraj Anand also voiced their views and supported the producers and sellers of milk.
Rajesh Sharma, President J&K Cooperative Union Ltd. thanked the JCCI and said that it was for the first time ever that milk producers and representatives of farmers were invited to Chamber House and their demands taken up by the Chamber.
Rakesh Gupta President JCCI appealed to the Director F,CS& CA and the representative from the Legal Metrology Department to cooperate with the milk sellers during the festive season and asked the department that meetings on regular basis between the government, farmers and milk producers and trade representatives shall be made a regular feature so that there is no trust deficit which shall contribute not only towards the confidence building but also making aware the producers and the sellers about the safety standards as required under law.
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