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Parliamentary panel pleas on N-deal

india Updated: Dec 09, 2007 10:46 IST

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A Parliamentary panel has asked the government to ensure that there is no obstruction to the indigenous nuclear programme under the civilian nuclear deal with the United States.

"It should be ensured that there is no obstruction to the indigenous nuclear programme," a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology told the government in its report on the Department of Atomic Energy.

The committee has also asked the department that national interest should be kept in mind as negotiators work out the modalities regarding the nuclear deal.

Officials have already negotiated the text of an agreement with the US and this is being further discussed within the government, the committee was told.

Discussions are being held with friendly countries such as France and Russia to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and to open-up international trade in civil nuclear energy with India.

India has also inked documents with France and Russia for cooperation in nuclear energy and to step up atomic power plants respectively.
"The purpose of all these instruments is to ensure that there is a significant addition in nuclear energy generating capacity in the country," government told the 41-member committee.

It also sought to assure the panel that while negotiating various instruments, it has been ensured that India will be able to carry on with the indigenous programme as per its national interests without any hindrance.

The panel had backed the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, saying it would result in a quantum jump in the country's nuclear energy generating capacity.

"The Committee feels that with the fast depleting conventional sources of energy, the agreement with the US would result in quantum jump in our nuclear energy generating capacity and would provide much-needed energy security to the country which is essential for the country's growth," it said.

It also expressed the desire that the cooperation in nuclear research activities should also increase and India should be able to join the international mainstream and occupy its rightful place among the top countries in the nuclear community.

The Committee, which has members from all major political parties, had asked the department to ensure that in the future the country is able to pursue its nuclear energy activities, whether civilian or military, as per its own national interests.

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