The Maharashtra government would take a strict action against the milk procurement centres which pay the milk producers at less than the prescribed rate, dairy development minister Eknath Khadse said.
Criminal cases would be filed against the procurement centres which pay less than Rs. 20 a litre, he said.
The government was also considering coming out with an ordinance for this purpose, he said.
The excess milk collected by the co-operative milk federations will be checked for quality and then procured by the centres, he said.
Khadse held a meeting to discuss the problems of milk producers in the state.