Giving up the nuclear power option would harm the country's interests and its energy security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today, adding that India must keep the option of nuclear power as an additional source of energy.
He said the government was committed to ensuring foolproof security of nuclear power plants but it would be foolish for the country to pass an ordinance against nuclear power and close the option of an additional source of energy.
"It would be harmful for the country to pass an ordinance on denial of nuclear power," Singh said replying to supplementaries during question hour in the Lok Sabha today.
Replying to question by Anant Geete (Shiv Sena) on whether India would do a re-think on nuclear power in the post-Fukushima scenario in which Germany and Japan have given up atomic energy, the prime minister said India was not in a situation like Japan, where large amount of power comes from nuclear plants.
He said India was not in a situation like Japan, where large amount of power comes from nuclear plants.
He also pointed out that Germany, which has announced that it would close down all of its nuclear plants by 2022, buys electricity from France, which is heavily dependent on atomic energy.