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India not signing NPT: Chavan

delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2009 17:51 IST

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India is not considering signing the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty, government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

This was stated by Minister of State in PMO Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question raised by Kalikesh Singh Deo in the Lok Sabha.

“No Sir,” Chavan said to a query on whether the government was considering signing the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty.

In reply to a separate question, Chavan said the government had received suggestions to amemnd the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 to allow private participation in nuclear power generation.

He said the Indian private sector can participate in nuclear power generation projects as a minority partner under the present Atomic Energy Act.

State-owned Nuclear Power Corporation Limited runs all the nuclear power plants in the country.