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?Milkman? goes with sour taste

VERGHESE KURIEN, father of India's modern dairy industry, has quit as chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation he helped build over three decades ago.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 01:41 IST
RATHIN Das

VERGHESE KURIEN, father of India's modern dairy industry, has quit as chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation he helped build over three decades ago.

Announcing his resignation at a press meet in Anand on Monday, Kurien said his decision to step down was in deference to the recent Gujarat HC order on the issue of co-option of members on the management committees of cooperative bodies.

The 84-yr-old Kurien is known as the 'Milkman' for his role in popularising GCMMF's flagship brand Amul. Though a whisper campaign against his continuance as chairman was on for several months now, the latest provocation was the calling of an extraordinary meeting of the GCMMF board of directors on March 24 during which a no-confidence motion against him was supposed to be passed.

Kurien said he was "anguished and pained" by the proposed move of the GCMMF board to pass a no-confidence motion against him. Saying that the board had unanimously elected him as chairman for three years only three months back, Kurien said he had not caused any harm to 'Amul' or farmers to warrant a no-confidence motion. "Such acts pain me and at the same time have raised my concerns about the future of the GCMMF," he said, adding that "the board has only become a pawn in the bigger game plan of some vested interests bent on capturing the co-operative body, which has withstood such attempts in the past."

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 01:41 IST