“The father of ‘white revolution’ Dr Verghese Kurien, who transformed India from a milk-deficient country to the world’s largest milk producer and the founder of Amul, passed away after a brief illness. Kurien, 90, is survived by wife Molly Kurien and daughter Nirmala.” Informed Shivaji Rao Patil freedom Fighter, former Rajya Sabha Member and Minister at Maharashtra State while observing two minute silence at World Peace Development And Research Foundation at its head quarters in Noida.
”Dr.Verghese Kurien’s professional life was dedicated to empower Indian farmers through co-operatives which saw the birth of Amul, which became a successful cooperative model” quoted Sandeep Marwah President of WPDRF.
The former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri established National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to replicate the Amul model across the country and Kurien was made its chairman who led ‘Operation Flood’ to make India the biggest milk producing nation in the world, besides making Amul a household name.
The meeting was attended by the Dr Daman Prakash former ICA Chief, Dr. Dinesh Chief Executive of NCUI, B.K.Mishra MD National Federation of Fishermen’s Cooperative Ltd, R.N.Pandey MD National Labour Cooperative Federation of India, Subhash Gupta Chief Executive National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd, Dr.K.G.Wankhede Chief Executive Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Ltd., M.Bhav Singh Dy Gen. Manager TRIFED.
Members of the organization R.K.Singh, Chandra Kant Karare and Dr.Shobha Kulsreshtra were also present there.