GCMMF elections were due for the last three months,while Amul dairys poll deadline was February 5
The Gujarat High Court has said that the elections for the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Union Limited will be held after the Lok Sabha elections. The Kaira Union had approached the court on February 3 asking for direction on completing the election process of the management committee.
The reason for the postponement of the elections is that the officials who were to conduct the elections were pre-occupied with the Lok Sabha elections.
Sources said that this indicates that the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) elections would be held after the Lok Sabha elections. The Kaira Union is one of the 13 member unions in the GCMMF.
The order has put all the speculations to rest about the timing of GCMMF elections. Earlier,Agriculture minister Dileep Sanghani had told the officials to conduct the elections after the Lok Sabha.
“The officials who will conduct the elections had approached me saying that it will be difficult to conduct Lok Sabha as well as the dairy elections together. I suggested them to have the elections after the Lok Sabha,” said Sangahani.
The court order also states that in case any power is to be exercised under Section 80 of the Cooperative Act,the state government will issue a showcause notice to the Kaira union.
K S Nanavati,the counsel for the Kaira Union,said: “In case the government wants to pass any order appointing an administrator/ custodian on the management committee,then the government shall issue the notice to Kaira district before doing so.”
Polls to both GCMMF and Kaira Milk Union are due. While GCMMF elections were due for the last three months,Amul dairy’s election deadline was February 5. The union had been requesting the district collector to take action for completing the election process. However,no step was taken in this regard.
The GCMMF is the most powerful and successful cooperative milk federation in the country,which was steered by Dr Verghese Kurien,since its inception in 1973. GCMMF markets Amul brand,the largest milk brand in Asia and is also the largest food products’ marketing organisation in India with a turnover of Rs 5,255 crore. Amul is an institution,covering 13,000 villages benefitting 2.7 million farmers.