Chennai: State minister for dairy development Rajendra Balaji is in the eye of a storm after he made some bizarre comments on Wednesday. Batting for state-run Aavin Enterprises, the minister advised consumers to opt for Aavin as it was healthier. Seems fair enough, considering he works with the govt et al. But, here’s where it gets downright ridiculous -Balaji then claims that milk sold by private companies is ‘cancerous’ and causes cancer especially among children.
“Milk sold by private companies is adulterated and that’s how it can last for days without getting spoilt. These chemicals used in the milk cause cancer among children. Aavin milk on the other hand is as pure as mother’s milk,” opined Ravindra Balaji. And he seems to be hinting at action too.
“Companies that are banned in Kerala are allowed to sell this adulterated milk to consumers in Tamil Nadu,” the minister added. Now, not only are private entities seeing red over the move, even the aam aadmi is laughing off the statement. With no proof whatsoever, the minister’s remarks have been deemed irresponsible and untrue.
“If he truly believes that private milk can cause such problems, shouldn’t he do something? I’ve been consuming milk from a private body for over 6 years now, and I don’t have any health issues,” argues Rekha, a homemaker.
Another consumer, Manish has demanded a clarification from the minister.”This kind of a rant will unnecessarily worry parents. As a minister, Mr Balaji cannot make such loose comments,” says Manish.
Well, it’s safe to say that Mr Balaji has zero knowledge about the process of pasteurisation or the term preservatives and that’s saying something considering he is the dairy development minister of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, private companies are worried as minister’s bizarre statement could affect their business in the state.