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'No question of India accepting outdated tech'

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 18:52 IST
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Brushing aside criticism from Left parties that the proposed India-US nuclear deal will result in the import of outdated technologies, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar on Wednesday said there was no question of India accepting old know-how for its nuclear plants.

"We have our own technical experts. There is no question of India accepting outdated technologies," he told a press meet in Kochi.

"All this will be done after proper evaluation. There will not be any slackening in the domestic programme," he said.

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) Chairman SK Sharma said his body reviews all reactor designs, including those from the US, France, India or any other country. "We have our standards and regulations and we will review all designs" before clearing a project, he said.

Asked if the AEC is satisfied with the pace of progress in the India-US nuclear deal, he replied in the affirmative. While there is strong support at the leadership level, there are many issues that have to be "ironed" out and this process takes time, he said.

On the recent nuclear test by North Korea, he said it was a matter of concern for India.

To meet the country's future energy needs, the thrust will be on all energy forms. "Our energy requirement is large, power shortages are there and there is huge demand." The greater deployment of nuclear energy is in the global interest, he said.