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Scientists to PM: Stick to your assurance

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier assured both Houses on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 22:58 IST

Seven top nuclear scientists have asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remain focused on the assurances given to both the Houses of Parliament on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

"We asked the Prime Minister to be focused on the assurances given to both the Houses of Parliament on the Indo-US deal on civilian nuclear cooperation," the scientists, who met Singh in New Delhi on Saturday, said.

They described as 'very good' the meeting, specially arranged to listen to the concerns of the scientists who had voiced apprehensions over changes being sought to be made in the deal through legislation in the US Congress.

"National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and Atomic Energy Secretary Anil Kakodkar were told to consult the scientists, especially on the issue of International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and the India-specific safeguards and additional protocols," they said.

The discussion was not only pertaining to the Indo-US deal but on various aspects of the future of the nuclear energy programme of India, including expediting the realisation of fast-breeder reactors on a fast track, said former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission PK Iyengar, who returned on Sunday afternoon from Delhi.

First Published: Aug 27, 2006 21:47 IST