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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A relation in turMoIl: How BJP-RSS bond got affected

Ponda: In an unexpected move, the Goa Dairy has hiked prices of milk supplied by it by Rs 3-4 per litre, from Thursday. While Goa's standardized milk and full cream milk will be costlier by Rs 3 per litre, cow milk and toned milk will be dearer by Rs 4 per litre.

Standardized milk prices have gone up to Rs 43 from the earlier Rs 40 per litre, full cream milk to Rs 51 from Rs 48, cow milk to Rs 40 from Rs 36 and toned milk to Rs 37 from Rs 33.
Along with its announcement of hike in retail milk rates, Goa Dairy has also suggested a huge increase in milk procurement rates to milk producing farmers.
While cow milk was procured between Rs 22.54 and 28.45 per litre earlier, the farmers will now get anything between Rs 24.54 and Rs 31.71 per litre. Buffalo milk procurement price will be revised to anything between Rs 33.64 and Rs 51.77 from the earlier Rs 29.12 to Rs 37.81 per litre.
PANAJI: It was the issue over the medium of instruction (MoI) that widened the gap in relations between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Goa. The friction between the two in the state, in fact, compelled BJP to run to their leaders to remove Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar from the top post.
The relation started to sour soon after former state chief minister Manohar Parrikar was inducted as defence minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet. Within a month after Parrikar joined the Centre, the RSS-backed Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) got aggressive in their demands of withdrawing grants-in-aid to 127 English medium primary schools run by the Church in Goa.
BBSM was formed in 2011 to protest against the Congress-led coalition government's decision to extent the grant-in-aid to English medium schools. BJP who was the main opposition party immediately came out in support of the agitation. BJP promised to withdraw the grants, if they came to power. But in their 2012 election manifesto, the party, much to the chagrin of BBSM, changed its stand and said they will come out with an amicable solution on the MoI issue. After BJP came to power in the state, Parrikar, who was then chief minister, continued to provide grants to the English medium schools.
Last year, BBSM intensified its crusade and posed a deadline to BJP to resolve the MoI issue, but as BJP failed to adhere to the deadline, BBSM with the support of RSS, held meetings in BJP-ruled constituencies and started criticizing Parrikar. Velingkar even called Parrikar a liar over the issue. Earlier, in an interview to TOI, Velingkar said that when they had questioned Parrikar over this decision, he had said that he cannot give a better solution than this and all should accept it.
BJP later complained to its high command on the RSS stand over the MoI issue, and the party leaders stood behind the state-ruling party's decision on it.

TOI Goa News

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