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Lobby with NSG's members: Indian US body to NRIs

The NSG has to adjust its guidelines to allow its members to conduct nuclear commerce with India.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 16:56 IST

NRIs should undertake urgent and energetic lobbying in their countries to convince members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to support India's cause at the body's annual plenary in South Africa, a leading body of the Indian American community has said.

The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), which held its annual meet in Mumbai and New Delhi this week, has offered to share with NRIs of other countries the "lessons learnt" by it in Washington during lobbying for the Henry J Hyde US-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act.

After US President George Bush signed the bill into law last month, the logical next step will be to convince the 45-member NSG about India's case for obtaining continuous nuclear fuel and equipment.

"We are ready to offer our expertise in Washington DC- style lobbying to our fellow NRIs in other countries so that they can lend their efforts just like the Indian American community did in the US to convince the NSG's members to support India's case at the annual plenary in South Africa," an USINPAC release said.

"We will discuss the issue at the gathering for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Delhi this week," it said.

USINPAC's India Bureau director Robinder Sachdev said, "We have been concerned with India's growing energy needs, and civil nuclear cooperation is an area where we have undertaken a concerted campaign to inform and educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill."

The NSG has to adjust its guidelines to allow its members to conduct nuclear commerce with India.