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01 Feb

Union Budget 2017-18 and the Agrarian Crisis: Prof Swaminathan

Chennai, February 1, 2017: Keeping in view the problems faced by farm families, who comprise over 60% of our population, the Finance Minister has reiterated the Government’s resolve to help farmers double their income in another four years. The various measures suggested for doubling income include distribution of soil health cards, promotion of more crop per drop, increase in availability of credit, improved post-harvest processing and value addition and market reform. In all these cases, what is important is to attend to the principal need.

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30 Jan

Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom & Leprosy eradication: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 30, 2017: Today marks the 69th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom. It also marks a day dedicated to Leprosy eradication. Gandhiji was keen that leprosy should become a problem of the past. Unfortunately nearly 60 percent of new leprosy patients are from India. In 1982, I presented a report on the eradication of Leprosy by the year 2000 as suggested by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Unfortunately we are one of the few countries where Leprosy is persisting.

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25 Jan

Role of Scientists in Public Education: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 25, 2016: 25th January issue of Nature contains the following advice to scientists.

 “Debates over climate change and genome editing present the need for researchers to venture beyond their comfort zones to engage with citizens – and they should receive credit for doing so”

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19 Jan

Managing food security under conditions of temperature rise: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, January 19, 2017: Media reports indicate that 2016 was the hottest year in recent times. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change had recommended that we should restrict the rise in average mean temperature to 1.5°C. It looks although the actual increase will be higher. Much will depend on the policies of the incoming government to USA. In India we should start taking anticipatory action to insulate our major crops from the adverse impact of high mean temperature. I shall just give two examples.

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