Ramsinh Parmar elected chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation

Ramsinh Parmar elected chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation

Chairman of Amul Dairy for over 33 years, Ramsinh Parmar, was "unanimously" elected chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the country's biggest milk cooperative behemoth.

"We held a meeting of all the chairmen of 18-member cooperative dairies day before yesterday (Saturday) and today (Monday) unanimously elected experienced and senior cooperative leader Ramsinh Parmar as chairman and Panchmahal dairy chairman Jetha Bharvad as vice chairman of the federation," Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, a senior Cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani-led government, told media persons.

GCMMF has a turnover of Rs 38,000 crore and is the marketing arm of 18 member dairies that own the brand Amul.

It procures approximately 18 million litres milk per day of from over 18,500 village milk cooperative societies and over 3.6 million milk producer members.

GCMMF is the apex organisation that generally decides on returns to the milk producers and pricing of milk for consumers.

The elections to top two posts at GCMMF is held every two-and-a-half years and generally, the chairmen of the member dairies, who owe affiliation to political parties in the state, elect one among themselves as chairman primarily on party lines.

Ramsinh Parmar, a long-time Congressman, had been unsuccessfully trying to make it to the  top post.

He switched sides to the ruling BJP before the 2017 Assembly elections and has now made it to the top.

Interestingly, Ramsinh and Mehsana Dairy chairman Vipul Chaudhary had both stood by the doyen of dairying in India -   Dr Verghese Kurien - in his bitter fight for control over GCMMF and keeping the political class away from affairs of the federation.

Kurien eventually lost his battle in 2006 and was unceremoniously shunted out from the organisation he built in 1973.

Parmar's election also comes in the backdrop of the BJP's slender win during Assembly polls and the decision of GCMMF to lower milk procurement prices in dairies of Kutch and Saurashtra, in wake of a glut in milk production during the winter season.  

Among the frontrunners for the post of chairmen include former health minister and Banas Dairy chairman Shankar Chaudhary and incumbent GCMMF chairman Jethabhai P Patel of Sabar Dairy.

Shankar Chaudhary, who lost in the recent Assembly polls, heads the biggest of all the 18 dairies - Banas Dairy.

His diary also has the highest voting share in the GCMMF (320 of the total 1,300 votes). The business a dairy holds decides its voting share.

"We will find a position suitable to Shankarbhai within the party or overall government establishment," Chudasama said when asked about why Shankar Chaudhary could not make it as a chairman this time.

 

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