Google today is celebrating popular social entrepreneur Verghese Kurien’s 94th birth anniversary by posting a creative doodle of ‘India’s Milk Man’ on its homepage.
Verghese Kurien is know ‘Father of the White Revolution’, for his ‘billion-litre idea’ (Operation Flood) – the world’s largest agricultural development programme. This transformed India from a milk-deficient nation to the world’s largest milk producer, surpassing the United States of America in 1998, with about 17 percent of global output in 2010–11, which in 30 years doubled milk available to every person.
With his sheer efforts, the daily farming became India’s largest self-sustaining industry. Not only that, he also turned the country self-sufficient in edible oils.
He is the founder of around 30 institutions of excellence (like AMUL, GCMMF, IRMA, NDDB). As the founding chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Kurien was responsible for the creation and success of the Amul brand of dairy products.
The then Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, appointed him the founder-chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965.
Verghese Kurien died on 9 September 2012 in Nadiad, near Anand in Gujarat.