Bhubaneswar, September 28: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday condoled the death of eminent agricultural scientist Dr MS Swaminathan and remembered his strong association with Odisha.
In a message, Patnaik said, “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of eminent scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan.”
Remembering his strong association with Odisha, Patnaik said, “He started his early days of research in Odisha, and was always available to help farmers of the state in every possible manner. His foundation is closely associated in improving farming activities in tribal areas of Odisha. His death created a huge void in the field of agricultural science.”
“Popularly known as the Father of Green Revolution in India, Dr Swaminathan was instrumental in revolutionizing the farm sector in India and catapulted the turnaround of farmers’ condition. All through his life, he had worked for the empowerment of farmers through technology, and advocated for appropriate public policy for farmers,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister wished peace and tranquility for the departed soul and conveyed his deep sympathies for the bereaved family members.
The legendary agricultural scientist and a key architect of the country’s ‘Green Revolution,’ passed away at his residence in Chennai on Thursday at 11.20 AM. He was 98. He is survived by three daughters: Soumya Swaminathan, Madhura Swaminathan and Nitya Rao. His wife Mina Swaminathan predeceased him.