The National Milk Day to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr Verghese Kurien is being celebrated today.
• Every year since 2014, November 26 is celebrated as National Milk Day to commemorate the birthday of Dr Verghese Kurien, known as “Father of India’s White Revolution.”
• November 26, 2021 marks the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurien
• His contribution to the dairy industry has earned Dr Verghese Kurien the moniker of the ‘Milkman of India.’
National Milk Day-Historical Background
All the dairy majors of India along with Indian Dairy Association resolved in 2014 to observe National Milk Day on November 26 to pay tribute to Dr. Verghese Kurien. November 26 is the birthday of Dr Kurien.
Who was Dr Verghese Kurien?
Dr Verghese Kurien is known as ‘Father of the White Revolution’ in India. He was a social entrepreneur. He led Operation Flood, which is the largest agricultural dairy development programme worldwide. This operation made India the largest milk producer of the world, from a milk-deficient country. This movement doubled the milk available per person as well as increased milk output four-time, in some 30 years.
Man Behind Amul’s success
Dr Kurien played a significant role in formation of Amul. It broke the local trade cartel 65 years ago. This, it paved way for dairy co-operative sector to flourish in Gujarat. Dr Kurien served the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) in between 1973 to 2006.
Objective of National Milk Day
The National Milk Day is observed with the objective of providing information regarding the need and importance of milk in human’s life. Milk is the first food that a child consumes after the birth. It is perhaps the food consumed throughout life.
Recipient of several awards
Dr Verghese Kurien was a recipient of several awards, including the Padma Vibhushan (1999), World Food Prize (1989), Krishi Ratna (1986), Padma Bhushan (1966), Padma Shri (1965), Ramon Magsaysay Award (1963) etc.
• World Milk Day is observed on 1 June every year by the United Nations.