WB govt probes malpractice charges against pvt dairies

The West Bengal government said it is inquiring into allegations of malpractices by some private dairies, including Amul.

Updated: Jun 19, 2012, 20:05 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday said it is inquiring into allegations of malpractices by some private dairies, including Amul.

"We have received complaints against private dairies, including Amul. Once the complaints were identified, legal action would be taken," Animal Resources Development department minister Noore Alam Chowdhury told the state assembly.

He, however, did not mention the nature of malpractices or irregularities.
Replying to a question, the minister said the state government has taken steps to revamp ailing state-owned dairies like Central Dairy and Haringhata Dairy to meet the growing demand for milk.

To another question, Chowdhury said a senior officer in his department has been cautioned for suppressing a file on availability of Rs 6 crore central funds soon after the Trinamool Congress government came to power.
The matter came to light when the Centre asked the state government for utilisation certificate at the end of the financial year, he said, adding that had it been reported earlier, the government could have taken up more programmes during the year ended March 31, 2012.

PTI