Nov 26, 2022
Shri. Gopal Rana, the Artificial Insemination Technician (AIT) under the BAIF Livelihoods Odisha Livestock Development Programme in the aspirational district of Balangir in Odisha, received the prestigious “Gopal Ratna Award” of the Government of India under the category of “Best AI Technician” today – November 26, 2022 in Bengaluru on the occasion of “National Milk Day”. The award was conferred on him by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Hon’ble Minister of State – Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India and Shri. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, Government of India in the presence of dignitaries from the Central Government, Government of Karnataka, NDDB, Karnataka Milk Federation and Veterinary College among others. Shri. Rana was accompanied by Dr. Lokanath Behera, CEO, Odisha Livestock Resources Development Society and Shri. Vivek Singh, Additional Chief Programme Executive, BAIF Livelihoods Odisha. A certificate, memento and a cheque of Rs. 5 lakhs was handed over to Shri. Rana by the Hon’ble Minister and Secretary. The ceremony was held at the Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad International Convention Centre.
Compliments to Shri. Rana for this commendable recognition! The support received by BAIF from the Government of Odisha, which has contributed to the dairy sector of the State and empowered the youth to excel in doorstep livestock development services, is gratefully acknowledged. We also take this opportunity to thank the Government of India for recognising and encouraging grassroots efforts in nation building.