The state’s Maldhari (cattle herder) community is up in arms against the government. On September 21, the Maldhari community decided to not provide milk in the dairy or at home. Although the government has withdrawn the Cattle Control Bill, Maldhari Samaj is disappointed with the government’s policy on some remaining issues.
A Maldhari convention was held in Shertha, Gandhinagar, where it was decided to have a milk strike on September 21. Gujarati cattle herders have announced a milk strike as a result of which they will not deliver milk to households, to dairies, or even door-to-door.
This crackdown began to have an impact on Diary on September 20th evening. People had been stockpiling milk since the previous night, and dairies across the state had run out of stock. Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Vadodara are the major cities that were particularly affected.
On September 20, when word of the maldharis’ disruption of the milk supply spread, long lines were seen at milk shops throughout the city.
According to representatives of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and its member unions, the supply chain for the dairy products sold under the Amul brand name, however, has not been harmed.
Amul is the only milk brand that is distributing milk to retailers during this strike. There is a huge rush at our shop, said Amul Retailer
When asked about ending the strike, he stated that going on strike would be a waste of time rather than the Maldhari community and the government should solve the problem by discussion. A tea vendor was of the same opinion also.
Gujarat Maldhari Mahapanchayat president Nagjibhai Desai has demanded the government to not harass its members regarding milk supply.
Jayen Mehta,Chief Operating Officer, GCMMF (Amul) said that the Amul milk supply situation is normal in Ahmedabad and other markets of the state. All our dairies, milk distributors, transporters, retailers, and parlours are operating normally. There is absolutely no shortage of Amul milk.