Sunday, February 9, 2014

Verghese Kurien : Father of the White Revolution

Dr. Verghese Kurien (26 November 191 - 09 September 2012) is better known as the "Father of the White Revolution" in India. He is also called as the Milkman of India. Dr. Verghese Kurien was the architect behind the success of the largest dairy development program in the world, christened as Operation Flood. He was the chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) and his name was synonymous withe the Amul brand.

Dr. Verghese Kurien returned from America in 1948 and joined the Dairy Department of the Government of India. In May 1949, he was posted as Dairy Engineer, a small milk-powder factory, in Anand, Gujarat. Around this time, the newly formed cooperative dairy, Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Limited (KDCMPUL), was engaged in the battle of survival with the privately owned Polson Dairy, a gaint in its field. Enthused by the challenge, Dr. Verhese Kurien left his government jon and volunteered to help Shri Tribhuvandas Patel, Chairman of KDCMPUL, to set up a progressing plant. This led to the birth of AMUL and the rest is history.

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