MS Swaminathan, a renowned Indian agricultural scientist who is hailed as the father of India’s Green Revolution passed away on Thursday at the age of 98. His last rites are likely to be held on Sunday.
He was appointed as Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute from 1961 to 1972. He later became the Director General of ICAR and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Agricultural Research and Education and held various other positions after that.
He was appointed as Chairman of the National Commission on Farmers to look into the problems faced by farmers amidst alarming suicide cases in 2004. He submitted his report in 2006 and suggested that the Minimum Selling Price should be at least 50 percent more than the average cost of production.
He was also instrumental in developing high-yielding varieties of paddy and also helped low income farmers to produce more yield.
PM Modi and many others have condoled his death.