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CPM asks govt to spell strategy on nuke deal

There are many other "extraneous conditions", which if incorporated, could hamper the R&D, says the CPM leader.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 22:16 IST

CPM on Thursday, asked the Government to spell out its strategy in case extraneous conditionalities were incorporated in the US legislation with regard to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

Initiating a discussion on Indo-US Nuclear Agreement, CPM leader Basudeb Acharya said the two House committees of Senate and US Congress have drafted a Bill and it has been found that there are "clear departures" on some of the important issues pertaining to the deal.

"In both the Bills, US is shifting the goalposts," Acharya said, adding that "US is seeking India's full support in imposing sanctions on Iran and if possible contain Iran from production of weapons of mass production."

There are such other "extraneous conditions" and if they were incorporated in the Bill, this would hamper India's Research and Development programme in case of Atomic and Nuclear energy, he said.

"In view of these provision being proposed by US, we are seeking a discussion and sense of Parliament. This will strengthen the hands of Prime Minister," Acharya said.

He also said that the aspect of energy security was not important, as has been projected by the government, as nuclear power was the costliest among thermal, hydro and nuclear.

Nuclear power will cost as much as Rs 6a unit, Acharya said adding US wants India to develop nuclear power so that they could sell their old breeders to India. "If nuclear power is so important for energy security, why in last 30 years US has not set up a new nuclear power station."

First Published: Aug 23, 2006 22:16 IST