PANAJI: Minister Subhash Shirodkar today said that votings rights can be given to dairy society members to elect the Chairman of Goa Dairy.
“Votings rights can be given to dairy society members to elect the Chairman of Goa Dairy. In my opinion it will be a much democratic way of holding elections,’ said Shirodkar
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had emphasized the need to grant voting rights to milk producers associated with Goa Dairy, allowing them to directly elect the Board of Directors (BoDs) and ultimately determine the Chairman of the Goa State Milk Producers Union.
Sawant directed the Administrator of Goa Dairy to formulate new rules and promptly conduct elections for the BoD. Currently, the prevailing law dictates that the BoDs of Goa Dairy are elected by the chairpersons of the 170 milk-supplying societies affiliated with the organization, excluding the dairy farmers’ direct involvement in the selection process.
Sawant expressed concerns about non-farmers supplying milk through others’ names to societies, subsequently becoming chairpersons, and influencing the election of Goa Dairy’s BoDs and Chairman for their personal gain.
He emphasized the urgency to curb this practice and safeguard the interests of Goa Dairy. The proposed law would grant farmers the right to elect directors who can effectively protect the organization’s welfare.
He reiterated that Goa Dairy belongs to the farmers and will remain under their control. The Chief Minister refuted the allegations made by certain farmers the previous day, asserting that the government has no intention of assuming control over Goa Dairy.
He clarified that the appointment of an administrator was necessary after the dissolution of the Goa Dairy Board by the court.