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Copenhagen was dissatisfying: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday expressed disappointment over the climate change accord finalised at the Copenhagen Summit last year, reports Ramesh Babu.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2010 00:19 IST
Ramesh Babu

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday that the climate summit in Copenhagen last month left all dissatisfied.

“We were able to make only limited progress at the summit and no one was satisfied with the outcome. And yet, there is no escaping the truth that the nations of the world have to move to a low greenhouse gas emission and energy-efficient development path,” he said.

Singh was speaking here at the Indian Science Congress, which he inaugurated.

Exhorting Indian scientists abroad to come back to the country, he said a congenial atmosphere would be created to plug the problem of the brain drain.

Singh asked Indian scientists to convert the “brain drain of the past (into) brain gain of future”.

Decrying red tape, political interference, favouritism and non-recognition of talent in certain areas of science, he asked the scientific community to help the government to cure these maladies.

Lauding Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, the Nobel winner in chemistry in 2008, Singh said he had taken note of the scientist’s remark that there was need for “greater autonomy from red tape and local politics” for Indian scientists.

“(Attracting) high-quality minds requires special incentives. We need to think creatively on how this can be done. Only then (can we) unleash the latent talent and creative energies of our scientists and engineers,” he said.