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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

I am not part of Sri Lanka’s Vadakkin Vasantham: M S Swaminathan

From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 7 Aug ( Eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has clarified that he is not part of the Sri Lankan Government's plan to revitalize the northern province through revival of agriculture Vadakkin Vasantham( North Blossom) ) and that he has only given inputs to the Indian Government.

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Clarifying his position in the wake of protests by pro-LTTE leaders like Tamil film director Seeman, Dr Swaminathan told reporters here on Thursday that his M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was part of the technical support group of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Rs 500- crore livelihood rehabilitation project for persons internally displaced as a result of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

"But, our role was over after giving ample input about technical know-how for the revival of agriculture in the island nation to the Indian government", he said.

Dr Swaminathan said: "I have decided to defer taking part in the agricultural renaissance of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka till the political sub-strata conditions there become conducive for the revival of agriculture and fisheries".

The controversy arose after Dr Swaminathan visited Sri Lanka in June, a month after the war with the LTTE ended, and reportedly presented President Mahinda Rajapaksa with a blueprint for the revival of agriculture and fisheries in the north.

Hailed as the father of the green revolution in India, Dr Swaminathan elaborated on his idea in an article in The Hindu on June 16.

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