આજે...............A milk man turns……90…….Dr.Kurien………
Milk city celebrates as Kurien turns 90
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Vadodara: Anand,known as the milk capital of the country,celebrated the 90th birthday of the Father of White Revolution Dr Verghese Kurien on Saturday with much fanfare.
Scores of visitors arrived to greet Kurien at Kurien Enclave,which is home to the doyen of co-operatives.At Amul Dairy,a mega blood donation camp was organized to mark the occasion.
Kurien,the founder chairman of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF),the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the Institute of Rural Management,Anand (IRMA) among others had arrived at Anand on May 13,1949,as a dairy engineer appointed by government to look after the operations of Government Research Creamery.
Kurien had started his life from a garage.He helped founder chairman of Amul Dairy,Tribhuvandas Patel,who was struggling to run the dairy co-operative,which was set up with the inspiration of Iron Man of India Sardar Patel.It was from Amul Dairy that Dr Kurien started his stint with the co-operative sector.During the blood donation camp,which was also held in Kolkata and Pune,Amul Dairy collected over 1,100 blood units donated by employees,their families,farmers and well wishers apart from Dr Kuriens daughter Nirmala.
In normal course,we would have collected around 250 blood bottles.But on Saturday,all the employees and their family members came wholeheartedly to join the camp where we collected 715 blood units, secretary of Anand branch of Indian Red Cross Society Mehul Patel told TOI.
Meanwhile,GCMMF officials,who had launched a special campaign as tribute to the milkman,said,Dr Kurien was trending on top in Twitter.It seems India is celebrating its milkmans birthday.
Milk city Anand on Saturday marked 90th birthday of Dr Verghese Kurien,the Father of White Revolution with much fanfare.While thousands of wishes poured in through the special campaign launched by GCMMF,at Dr Kuriens residence in Anand,GCMMFs top brass,including its chairman Parthi Bhatol and managing director R S Sodhi,greeted him with a bouquet of 90 red roses and a cake with 90 candles on behalf of 3 million milk producers of Gujarat.
(Note:-Author of this blog had stated his carier with “Amul Dairy” in 1974…….)
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