Thousands of booths of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) scattered throughout the capital city of India are being grossly misused as private shops by the licensees in corrupt partnership of DMS-personnel by authorisation to sell products other than from DMS. It is to be noted that ‘Mother Dairy’ booths in Delhi-NCR sell only ‘Mother Dairy’ products, a big reason for success of ‘Mother Dairy’. Mere existence of DMS after launch of ‘Mother Dairy’ by Union government for Delhi-NCR is in itself wastage of public-resources also through double-spent on overheads.
An RTI-response revealed that DMS booth-holders continued to operate despite huge DMS outstanding against them. Monthly booth-sale of DMS revealed booth-holders providing a combined sale of just rupees 82 lakhs per month against a huge outstanding of more than rupees 23 crores against them with no signs of recovery or steps taken to abandon such booths with non-recoverable outstanding. RTI-response also revealed that requests of renowned co-operative giants like ‘Amul’ and ‘Sudha’ are pending with Union Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries) for loss-generating DMS being handed over to them for effective utilisation of its infrastructure and to avoid heavy recurring loss to public-exchequer. ‘Delhi Milk Scheme’ should be either merged with ‘Mother Dairy’ or else it should be handed over to ‘Amul’ or ‘Sudha’.