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‘Not part of Sri Lankan rehabilitation project’

[Express Buzz, Friday, 7 August 2009 07:12 No Comment]

Eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan, who was in the thick of a controversy over his reported involvement in the Sri Lankan government’s ‘Vadakkin Vasantham’ (Spring of North) project for rehabilitating Tamils there, cleared the air on Thursday saying he was not part of the project.

He told reporters in Chennai 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 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.

Swaminathan, who has been facing flak in the past couple of months with articles and comments in blogs and websites and some vernacular journals accusing him of taking the Sri Lankan government’s side against the interest of the Tamils, said:  “It was a pure misconception.”

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