GCMMF's Board meet set for tomorrow postponed on HC stay order

Written by Press Trust of India | Anand/New Delhi | Updated: Oct 26 2013, 05:20am hrs
A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Amul cooperative to consider no-confidence motion against its Chairman has been cancelled following the Gujarat High Court's stay on it.

The meeting of the Board of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, which sells milk and butter products under the popular brand 'Amul', was scheduled for tomorrow and the agenda moved by some members for removal of its Chairman Vipul Chaudhary was to be taken up.

"The Board meeting has been postponed as the Gujarat High Court has given a stay order on tomorrow's meeting," Amul Managing Director R S Sodhi told PTI.

The next court hearing is on November 11, he added.

Chaudhary today moved the High Court against the planned resolution at the Board meeting.

The resolution to bring no-confidence motion against Chaudhary was signed by 14 out of 17 directors of various district dairy cooperatives. It was expected to be taken up at the board meeting on Saturday.

While directors sponsoring the resolution said they were seeking removal of Chaudhary for his alleged misrule, others saw a political angle to it as Amul Chairman was seen accompanying Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on a recent visit to Gujarat.

Chaudhary, who is with the BJP, did not answer phone calls made to him repeatedly to seek his comments.

A director, who had signed the resolution, said: "Despite protests from several quarters in the Board not to sell cattle feed to Maharashtra, Chaudhary went ahead with the decision and gave it for free to the neighbouring state.

"However, when Gujarat was reeling under scarcity and the state government approached the federation for cattle feed, it was provided, but not free of cost."

He said Chaudhary had taken several decisions which were against the federation's constitution.

"Mismanagement in Mehsana's Dudhsagar Dairy Board, where Chaudhary is the chairman, has also come to fore," the director added.

Chaudhary had taken over as GCMMF chairman in August 2012.There are three district dairy cooperatives that are backing Chaudhary. Those who are not signatories to the resolution to move no-confidence motion are Amul Dairy of Anand, Mehsana's Dudhsagar Dairy and Valsad Dairy.

Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Chairman Ramsinh Parmar said: "The no-confidence motion against Chaudhary is illegal. Why have they brought the motion What wrong has he done Has he caused losses to GCMMF, farmers Those who have brought the motion are not thinking about the consumers or about marketing."

Asked if Chaudhary, who was seen accompanying Rahul Gandhi recently, was being made the scapegoat for being close to Congress, Parmar said: "Relations have to be maintained with all parties and what's wrong if he has met someone."

GCMMF, established in 1973, is India's largest food product marketing organisation with annual turnover of US dollar 2.54 billion in 2012-13.

Its daily milk procurement is approximately 13 million litre per day from 16,914 village milk cooperative societies, 17 member unions covering 24 districts, and 3.18 million milk producer members.Justice C L Soni of Gujarat High Court today stayed the board meeting on the grounds of absence of any provision for moving no-confidence motion under the Gujarat Cooperatives Societies Act. The court fixed the matter for further hearing on November 11. PTI