A parliamentary body yesterday expressed strong resentment over the grabbing of around 4,000 acres of land belonging to the state-owned Bangladesh Milk Producers Co-operative Union Limited, popularly known as Milk Vita.
The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings also asked the authorities to identify corrupt and inefficient employees of the milk producer and remove them from the organisation.
“Of the 5,000 acres of Milk Vita’s cattle-grazing land in Pabna, Sathia and Bera area, around 4,000 acres have been grabbed so far. The committee expressed serious dissatisfaction over the matter,” a member of the Jatiya Sangsad committee told The Daily Star.
Officials of Milk Vita who were present at the meeting in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban said they were taking legal measures to recover the grabbed land.
In reply, the committee said the milk producer’s high-ups were not sincere in their efforts to recover the land.
The parliamentary watchdog also said the Prime Minister’s Office gave a 14-point recommendations to improve Milk Vita’s current sorry state, but the company authorities didn’t pay heed to those.
A member of the committee said Milk Vita’s profits were shrinking, while its production had fallen to 90,000 litres from two lakhs.
The committee expressed dissatisfaction over the matter.
The House body also voiced its displeasure at the absence of Milk Vita Chairman Sheikh Nadir Hossain in the committee meeting.
About the quality of the company’s milk, officials concerned informed the committee that they had tested it in different laboratories at home and abroad. The tests found that the presence of lead in the milk was below the tolerable level.
Emerging from the meeting, ASM Feroz, chief of the JS body, told reporters that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had allocated 5,000 acres of khas land to Milk Vita, but 4,000 acres of it had been grabbed so far with the help of corrupt officials.
“The committee has asked the authorities to be sincere in recovering the grabbed land,” he added.
Feroz, an Awami League MP, also said the committee had asked the authorities to sack corrupt and inefficient staffers of the milk producer to make it a more profitable venture.