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Talks with IAEA on - Government Justifies Global Co-operation

Vikash Ranjan, Thu, 22 Nov 2007 NI Wire

Talks with IAEA on - Government Justifies Global Co-operation

Nov 22:   To create favourable opinion in the country, the government told in the winter session of Lok Sabha that “atomic programme can develop ‘faster’ if global co-operation in this field is allowed”, as India just initiated negotiations on country-specific safeguard agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna.

The government’s pitch came as a team of officials led by atomic energy commission chief Anil Kakodkar held talks with IAEA director general Mohammed El Baradei and other officials.

The Indian delegation’s visit to Vienna was finalised after the Left parties had given a conditional go-ahead to the government to hold talks with IAEA last Friday. No doubt why Left Parties agreed for Government’s demand to go ahead with the IAEA, as the current scenario reveals the Left’s defensive mood on the Nandigram issue in Bengal.

In a reply to a question, “why Indo-US deal is essential” minister of state Prithviraj Chavan said in the Lower House that, “ India lacks in the resources of uranium technology and fuel and to achieve its demand is essential to enhance global co-operation. Because whatever reserves existed would be exhausted after some time.”

For country’s need and development point of view, the Congress must go ahead with the “Indo-US nuclear deal” howsoever, and to achieve its farsighted goal should be ready to fight next Lok Sabha election instead of making repeated compromise with the Left.

With this Indo-US nuclear deal Congress should set an example before the rest of the political parties as this party works for the welfare of the people, of the country and not mere interested in the power.

Today’s agreement is a win-win situation from the Indian point of view. India will be able to build more nuclear power plants. At present it has 15 functional power plants with an additional 7 under construction. It did not agree to open all its nuclear facilities to international inspection. Instead, it ingeniously divided its facilities into civilian and military ones and agreed to open only the former to international inspection.

According to the current available information India will place 14 out of its 22 plants under civilian list. People think that this is the nuclear energy which is the answer to its ever growing need for power. With this deal India will no longer depends on the foreign Oil and Gas for its increasing energy needs.

Hence, the negotiation of the Government with the IAEA in Vienna is one step forward in this direction.

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