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Union Home Minister & CM joins the celebration of the 75th foundation year of Amul

    Gandhinagar, Sunday:  Union Home and Co-operation Minister Mr. Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel joined the celebration of the 75th foundation year of Amul and the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

    Mr. Shah called on everyone to be committed to make co-operatives a strong pillar of the economy. He made it clear that the co-operative sector would be instrumental in building a self-reliant India with a leading contribution in realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of a five trillion-dollar economy. He also launched a Rs. 5,000 crore Dairy Co-operation Scheme for the development of dairy industry by the National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC).

    Mr. Shah in the presence of CM inaugurated the newly constructed Sardar Sabha Gruh build at a cost of Rs. 1.72 crore in the premises of Asia’s largest Amul Dairy in Anand. He also inaugurated a cheese ware house with a storage capacity of 2500 MT at Khatraj.

    In addition to launching a bio fertilizer made by Amul, Mr. Shah also released a memoir depicting Amul’s 75-year success story. He unveiled a special postal stamp and special envelope by the Indian Post Department and a special envelope for the historic achievement of 100 crore vaccination in the nation.

    Mr. Shah and Mr. Patel and other union-state ministers visited the Dairy plant and inspected it. Mr. Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Bhai Modi has formed the Ministry of Co-operation with his own vision.

    Mr. Shah called upon Amul to provide a platform for farmers to move towards organic and natural farming as well as create a fair sales system for agricultural products such as fruits, flowers, vegetables and cereals produced by farmers on a cooperative basis. He said that co-operatives would be instrumental in doubling the income of farmers by bringing about modern and scientific changes over time for the development of agro-farmers, animal husbandry and dairy industry through co-operatives. He said that after independence, women have been empowered in the country through Amul.

    Sardar Patel had a close relation with Amul. Inspired by Sardar Saheb, Late Tribhuvandas Patel took up the co-operative movement with a positive idea. Amul today has become a brand. Amul, which started with a collection of 200 liters of milk, today has a capacity of 3 lakh liters of milk per day. Through which 36 lakh families associated with farming are living a dignified life. Amul has become world famous today with 18600 milk societies and 18 district level associations as well as with Milk Processing Plant at 87 places in other states including Gujarat.

    Addressing the gathering on the occasion Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel said that, Gujarat, which took the lead in the fight against non-cooperation against the British before independence, is now taking the lead in the co-operative sector in the 21st century. This success of Gujarat’s milk cooperative movement is due to the vision of Sardar Saheb. The successful efforts of two grandsons of Gujarat Gandhiji and Sardar Saheb paved the way for cooperation in the country.

    Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah have given a new direction of prosperity through cooperation by starting a separate Co-operation Department in the Central Government for the first time in the history of Azad Bharat. The Amul family has realized the mantra of development and self-reliant India.

    Today the Amul brand is famous all over the world and it has become a source of inspiration all over the world. Mr. Patel said Amul is not only about the process of white revolution but also the best model of empowerment. Today, “Amul Dudh Pita Hai India” has become such a punchline that milk is known as Amul. Milk has become synonymous with Amul.

    Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry Mr. Parshottam Rupala said that today India is emerging as the largest milk producing country in the world. In which Amul’s contribution has been invaluable. The Department of Co-operation has also been set up by the Central Government to take the field of co-operation further. As a result of the work undertaken by the Central Government to advance the co-operative sector in India, the Department of Co-operation will continue to be the hub of economic activity in the country in the days to come.

    Welcoming the gathering Chairman of Amul Mr. Ramsinh Parmar said that Amul, which started with one milk mandli and 250 liters of milk, today it has an annual turnover of Rs 10,000 crore with a daily aggregation of 33 lakh liters of milk with 1200 mandlis. Amul did not stay closed for a single day even during Covid-19 pandemic. The co-operative sector will make a valuable contribution in doubling the income of farmers and building a self-reliant India, he added.

    Amul’s M.D. Mr. Amit Vyas delivered the vote of thanks. Union Minister Mr. B.L. Verma, Dev Singh Chauhan, Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Raghavji Patel, Minister for Rural Development Shri Arjun Singh Chauhan, Minister of State for Co-operation Shri Jagdishbhai Vishwakarma, Deputy Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly, MP, MLA’s, Office bearers, officials of the Co-operation Department of the Central and State Governments, Chairmen of various Milk Unions, Members of the Board of Directors and a large number of women members were present on the occasion.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat