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Business Standard: HC Admits Chaudhary's Petition against No-Confidence Motion

Business Standard reports on Dudhsagar Dairy HC Admits Chaudhary's Petition against No-Confidence Motion.

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The Business Standard reported that the “Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) chairman, Shri Vipul Chaudhary, today got relief from the Gujarat High Court which admitted his petition challenging the no-confidence motion contemplated by majority of members of the federation. The court also extended the stay on the meeting called to discuss the no-trust motion till final decision on Chaudhary's petition.

While pronouncing the order Justice A J Desai said that final hearing on Chaudhary's petition would begin from December 23. The court also vacated stay on another meeting (November 6) called by the GCMMF managing director for transaction of routine business. The meeting was stayed following petition by Chaudhary earlier this month.

"Looking at the important function of the federation the petition (Chaudhary's) is admitted and final hearing will take place from December 23," the court said in its order.

The court has also directed both parties, Chaudhary and member unions, to submit documents regarding the activities of the federation.

Chaudhary is facing the heat by a majority of board members over mismanagement in Mehsana District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union, as well as for meeting Congress vice-chairman Shri Rahul Gandhi with an eye on National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) top job. Mehsana Union is also headed by Shri Vipul Chaudhary.

The Mehsana Union also came under GCMMF's attack for constant decline in milk procurement by the union and setting up 9 lakh liters per day milk processing plant.

As many as 14 out of 17 board members of Rs  13,700 crore GCMMF had moved a no-confidence motion against Chaudhary and had called for a special meeting on October 26 to discuss no-trust motion.

The High Court had stayed the scheduled meeting on October 25 after Chaudhary filed a petition challenging the no-confidence motion against him.

During the arguments in the case Chaudhary's lawyers had argued that no confidence motion was politically motivated and argued that there was no such provision (moving no-confidence motion) in the Gujarat Cooperative Societies Act or in the bye-laws of GCMMF.

The federation and its members who had opposed Chaudhary's petition had claimed that it was an internal dispute between members of the body and the chairman had acted in a haste by filing the petition.”

Ref: BS Reporter Nov 29, 2013, 20:14 IST. Ref. link: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/amul-row-gujarat-hc-admits-chaudhary-s-petition-challenging-no-confidence-motion-113112900416_1.html

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Dr. Verghese Kurien - The Father of White Revolution

Dr. Verghese Kurien - The Father of White Revolution | Dudhsagar Dairy Mehsana - India's Largest Co-operative Dairy | Scoop.it
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Today is the 92nd birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien. He was known as “The Milkman from Anand” and the “Father of White Revolution”. He was the architect of India’s White Revolution, which helped India emerge as the largest milk producer in the world.

His life-long purpose of work can be summed up in one word: ‘empowerment’ – empowerment of small and marginal farmers and landless labourers. Apart from the Milk Revolution that he spearheaded so successfully, his work has greatly impacted on the lives of millions of cooperative dairy farmers — socially, politically, and most importantly, economically. In Dr. Kurien’s words, he was not in the business of milk. Milk was only the ‘medium’ that he used to empower the farmers.


The World Bank in its Operation Evaluation Department’s Report on Operation Flood has stated that it was the ‘ownership’ that made the programme a grand success. The owner of the entire milk chain (procurement, processing and marketing) is the farmers; no middleman is involved in the entire operation.


In 1964 our former Prime Minister, late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri visited a village near Anand to see for himself the reasons for the success of ‘Amul Cooperative’, he also had asked Dr. Kurien as to what was the ‘secret’ behind the success of Amul Dairy when large Milk Schemes of the Government (Bombay Milk Scheme, Delhi Milk Scheme, Calcutta Milk Scheme, etc.) were all huge loss making disasters. Dr. Kurien’s reply that it was the ‘ownership’ of the dairy that made the difference.


Dr. Verghese Kurien was the founder-Chairman of several world-class organizations like NDDB, GCMMF (Amul), IRMA and so on. He has been a great institution builder. He has held several positions in past such as - Founder Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) from 1965 to 1998, Chairman the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), from 1973 to 2006, Vice President of International Dairy Federation from 1991 to 1992, the Member of Executive Committee of International Dairy Federation, Belgium from 1974 to 1986, the Chairman of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushal and the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) from 1979 to 2006.


He has held very high positions in Government organizations as well, as the Chairman of GEB, the Vice Chancellor of GAU, the Director and Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 1972 to 1983, the Director of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) from 1970 to 1974, the Director of IDBI and the Director of Bank of Baroda to name a few.


His work has received tremendous national and international recognition. The Govt. of India conferred him by numerous National Awards like:

Padmashree (1965)Padmabhushan (1966)Krishi Ratna (1986)Padma Vibhushan (1999)


And International Awards which include:

World Food Prize in 1989Carnegie Foundation’s Wateler Peace Prize in 1986International Person of the Year Award by the World Dairy Expo in 1993Ordre duMerite Agricole by the Government of France in 1997The Regional Award from the Asian Productivity Organization of Japan in 2000


The past 60 years has transformed the dairy scenario of India. Today, India’s milk economy is valued more than Rs.200, 000 crores annually; dairying is the single largest rural employment provider in the country. Most of this huge amount of money is actually going into the hands of our rural milk producers.  At Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana. In the year 2005-06, the top 10 women dairy cooperative members of the Dairy had supplied milk worth a combined total of Rs.1.66 crores! In the same year, the top ten milk collecting village societies of Mehsana Dairy had paid out Rs.52.56 crores to their farmer members as price of milk.


Dr. Kurien has received around 15 honorary Doctorates and more than 10 'Fellowships' from leading foreign and Indian Universities / Academic Institutions. The only National Award that has eluded him is the ‘Bharat Ratna’.


On the first death anniversary of Dr. Kurien, Shri Vipul Chaudhary, the present Chairman of GCMMF and Dudhsagar Dairy Mehsana, demanded Bharat Ratna for Dr. Kurien. He said that Contribution of Dr. Kurien towards the socio-economic upliftment of milk producers was immense and that is why he should be awarded Bharat Ratna. This will be of great honor for dairy farmers of the country.

Our Salute to the Revolutionary!



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TOI: GCMMF Row: HC Notice to Registrar and MD

“Times Of India reports on Dudhsagar Dairy GCMMF row in which HC sends a notice to registrar and MD.”

The Times of India reported that the “Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued a notice to co-operative registrar and managing director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), Shri. R S Sodhi, over a petition challenging the legality of the latter’s appointment in the federation.

While board members of GCMMF are divided over the chairmanship of Shri Vipul Chaudhary and the HC has reserved its order on a meeting for a no-confidence motion, Valsad dairy’s chairman Moghabhai Desai has filed this petition. He questions Sodhi’s appointment as well as sought action against him for decisions, which allegedly resulted in losses for the federation’s affiliated unions and milk producers. Desai claimed that complaints against Sodhi were made before higher officials in the state government, but no heed was paid to them. After a preliminary hearing, Justice Ashish Desai issued notices to Sodhi and GCMMF, asking them to reply by December 11, when a further hearing is scheduled.”

Ref: TNN Nov 28, 2013, 01.16AM IST. Ref. link: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-28/vadodara/44546443_1_gcmmf-valsad-dairy-hc-notice

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