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Energy independence should be ultimate goal: Kakodkar

india Updated: Nov 30, 2009 23:14 IST

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The outgoing chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar today said India should have a long-term goal to achieve energy independence.

"To achieve energy independence is not going to be easy and what I meant by energy independence is the day India stop importing energy," Kakodkar said, addressing his staff at Department of Atomic Energy Headquarters on his farewell.

"We all should look for such a day and that should be the ultimate aim," Kakodkar, a proponent of self-reliance with
import option as only 'additionality' said.

He asked the DAE family to gear up for the new challenges that are in the offing as a number of foreign players are in
India and expect a lot of Indian players going abroad through technology transfer.

"DAE is undergoing change and it will not be what it was yesterday. The DAE of tomorrow will be a different one, has to learn to handle these changing processes tactfully. You should handle in such a manner that things should not be allowed to go wrong at any time," he said.

The department should be continuously vigilant and careful so that nuclear knowledge and technology should not go
into wrong hands, he said.

"DAE of tomorrow is talking about a large number of actors and number of them even from outside the department and
therefore, you have to organise our processes to handle such situation of a new paradigm shift," he said.