• Every year, the first day of June is observed as World Milk Day.
  • On the occasion, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying announced the launch of the Gopal Ratna Awards and integration of e-Gopala App with UMANG platform.

UMANG Platform

  • Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) Mobile App is a unified, secure, multi-channel, multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-service mobile app launched under the Digital India initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in 2017.
  • It is a unified application that can be used to avail a number of pan India e-government services such as: Filing income tax, Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) services, Aadhar, Pension, ePathshala, e- Land Records, Crop Insurance etc.

Important points:

  • World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.
  • FAO is one of the specialised agencies of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
  • Theme will focus on Sustainability in the dairy sector with messages around the environment, nutrition and socio-economics.
  • In doing so it will reintroduce dairy farming to the world.

Gopal Ratna Awards:

  • They are National Awards for the Cattle and Dairy sector, the awards have been launched to promote the best herd of Indigenous Breed and practicing best management practices and it will be given in three categories:
  • Best Dairy farmer.
  • Best Artificial Insemination Technician (AIT).
  • Best Dairy Cooperative/ Milk producer Company/ Farmers Producer Organisation.

e-Gopala (Generation of wealth through Productive Livestock) App:

  • It is a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for direct use of farmers.
  • Managing livestock including buying and selling of disease-free germplasm in all forms (semen, embryos, etc.).
  • Availability of quality breeding services (Artificial Insemination, veterinary first aid, vaccination, treatment, etc.).


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