NEW DELHI: The Central government will take decision on Amul's proposal to run the loss-making Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) after it secures Cabinet's green signal on corporatisation of DMS, as announced by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns Amul brand, has shown interest on taking over DMS operations and has also submitted a proposal to the Agriculture Ministry in the same regard.
During a meeting with GCMMF and National Dairy Development Board officials today, Pawar said he discussed various issues related to milk sector including measures to handle surplus supply of 1.12 lakh tonnes of milk powder in the country.
Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) comes under the Agriculture Ministry.
The Agriculture Ministry has been considering of corporatisation of DMS for some time. In 2004, the Centre had even offered to transfer DMS to the Delhi government, but the latter refused to accept the proposal.
GCMMF is keen to run DMS plant as it would help increase Amul's presence in the national capital region. In the 2011-12 fiscal, co-operative had clocked sales turnover of Rs 11,668 crore.
“The ministry is positive about our proposal. The modalities are not yet finalised. We are interested in having a long-term lease arrangement with DMS,” GCMMF Chairman Vipul Chaudhary had said yesterday.
The DMS has milk production and packaging capacity of 5 lakh litres per day and a network of 1,298 outlets in the NCR.