JAMMU, Feb 27: Consum-ers Welfare Association (CWA) represented by Vikram Gour (president), Ashok Koul (GS), BM Kohli (VP) and Chander Prakash (JS) met Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu to express grave concern over the steep rise in the prices of milk and milk products in Jammu region.
Kotwal gave a patient hearing but defended the Govt action to increase these rates. It was, however, pointed out to him that these rates were fixed by the Govt by consulting only one stakeholder and not by consensus after consulting all the stakeholders including representatives of consumer organizations.
CWA also brought to his notice that the enforcement agencies do not enforce the quality for which the rates are fixed and the consumers are black mailed/forced to buy sub-standard quality of milk usually supplied by the producers and retailers. There is no proper mechanism to constantly check/monitor the quality/standard of the milk supplied and suppliers / retails sell sub standard products at enhanced rates, in absence of this quality check.
Kotwal agreed to the suggestion of the CWA that the rates may be fixed for a period of three months only to see if the milk is supplied as per the laid down standard and assured to look into the matter and take up the issue with the Director FCS& CA for immediate redressal of the grievances of consumers.