GCMMF Board to elect Dr Kurien's successor on April 26

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Vadodara, Apr 17 (UNI) The much-awaited election for the post of chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) will be held on April 26 to find a successor to its founding chairman Verghese Kurien.

A notification to this effect was issued today by Anand District Collector D G Jhalawadia.

Mr Jhalawadia told UNI that he has called the federation's (12-member) board meeting on April 26 at 1100 hrs to elect its new chairman.

On March 20, Dr Kurien, the architect of India's 'white revolution' which helped the country emerge as the largest milk producer in the world, resigned from the chairmanship of GCMMF, the largest dairy co-operative and food products marketing organisation in the country, following a rebellion against him by majority of the board members.

The members had reportedly decided to move a no-confidence motion against Dr Kurien, unless he stepped down from the post, adhering to the Gujarat High Court order on the issue of co-option of members on managing committee of the co-operative bodies in the state.

The board, during an emergency meeting held on March 24, ''unanimously'' accepted resignation of the 84-year-old legendary co-operative leader, who was heading GCMMF since its inception in the milk capital of Anand in 1973.

Dr Kurien's resignation was accepted and the federation sent a letter requesting the district collector to declare the election date.

However, it took 25 days for the district administration to announce the election schedule.

Even as members of the board, who ousted Dr Kurien, are confident that the new chairman would be elected from amongst the 12 district co-operative union heads unanimously, they are still divided into two groups.

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