Accordingly private tankers facilitating milk supply for Aavin, the tamilnadu Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation (TCMPF), went on strike from friday midnight. Meanwhile the strike has been called due to unrevised contract rates for transporting milk for the past one year. Aavin’s management, however, has assured people that milk supply will not be interrupted.
According to sources Aavin’s Managing director M Vallalar has said that in addition to Aavin’s own fleet of 60 tankers, 120 private tankers from neighbouring states have been mobilised to handle the situation. Perhaps tamilnadu Milk Dealers’ Employees’ Welfare Association district leader SA Ponnusamy, however, is of the opinion that the impact will surely be felt on monday if the strike is not called off.
Moreover about 300 tankers facilitate supply between milk societies in villages to Bulk Milk Coolers (BMC) and from BMC to Chilling Centres/Dairies in the state. According to Aavin’s website there are 356 BMC units, 35 Chilling Centres and 18 Union Dairies. Hence according to Aavin’s website there are 356 BMC units, 35 Chilling Centres and 18 Union Dairies. SA Ponnusamy says, “When the strike was announced on friday midnight, the tankers were on their way and so Aavin might have stocked up a little. With this stock they have managed saturday and Sunday. If the negotiations were to go south, the situation will worsen on Monday".