The founder of the first sugar factory in the cooperative sector in India

 

images (13)Vithalrao Eknath Rao Vikhe Patil was an Indian industrialist, the founder of the first sugar factory in the cooperative sector in India at Loni, in Maharashtra  and the founder of a group of industries and institutions composed of Institute of Business Management and Rural DevelopmentPadmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation’s Medical College and Hospital and Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Limited,operating under Padmashree Dr. Vithalrao Foundation. The Government of India honoured him in 1960, with the award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award for his services to the nation.His son, Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, is a recipient of Padma Bhushan, a member of parliament and a former minister.Government of India issued a postage stamp.

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