The ongoing tensions between the Tamil Nadu government and the central government have further escalated as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene and direct Gujarat-based dairy giant Amul to halt milk procurement in the southern state.
Stalin’s letter to Shah raises concerns about alleged unfair competition between Amul and ‘Aavin,’ the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers Federation. It is noteworthy that a similar controversy erupted in Karnataka recently too which they used in grabbing public sentiments on ‘north Indian dominance’ in South India.
In the letter, Chief Minister Stalin highlighted the issues arising from Amul’s milk procurement activities in the Tamil Nadu milk shed area. He pointed out that Amul had utilized its multi-state cooperative license to establish chilling centers and a processing plant in Krishnagiri district.
Additionally, Amul had expressed plans to procure milk through Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in various districts of Tamil Nadu, including Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur.
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