Anand (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Gujarat to inaugurate a number of modern food processing facilities, including Amul’s ultra-modern chocolate plant. Addressing a public meeting at Anand in Gujarat, PM Modi remembered the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was instrumental in the formation of Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Limited.

Calling Amul Dairy a unique model and excellent model of empowerment, PM Modi said, “In various parts of the world, at various times we saw what socialism is, we also saw capitalism. But, through Amul, Sardar Patel showed another way. Here is a way where neither Government or industrialists call the shots. It is the people who matter. This is a unique model.”

“A century ago, Sardar Patel entered civic politics of Ahmedabad. He won from Dariapur. His margin of victory then was 1 vote. When he assumed office as the head of the municipality, he laid emphasis on urban development, planning and in that he worked on cooperative housing,” adding, “Guided by Sardar Patel, Pritamrai Desai Ji worked on cooperative housing in a big way in Ahmedabad. These efforts gave wings to the aspirations of several people.”

“The development projects augur well for the cooperative sector. The brand of Amul is known the world over. Today, Amul has become an inspiration world over. People from overseas also ask me about Amul. Amul is not only about milk processing. This is an excellent model of empowerment,” PM Modi said.

Listing out how the dairies benefit the people of Gujarat, particularly the farmers, PM Modi said, “Not only Amul, people in North Gujarat also worked in the cooperative sector. We have the Banas Dairy, the Dudhsagar Dairy. All these endeavours helped the people of Gujarat, particularly the farmers,” adding, “We are focussing on Jan Dhan, Van Dhan, and Gobar Dhan. This will help our farmers.”

“For a long time, we had people sitting in Gandhinagar who disliked the cooperatives. They prevented the sector from acquiring a foothold in Saurashtra. Things changed after the late 1990s and today almost all districts in Gujarat are doing well in the sector,” he said.

PM Modi further added that the team of Amul is unstoppable and if they think this is the direction, “it will happen even faster”. “In a few years, Amul will complete 75 years. This is a team that is unstoppable. I admire their spirit. Let us think about what targets Amul can set for their own 75th anniversary and for 2022 when India marks 75 years of freedom,” he added.