24 hours of having brokered a truce on the issue of nuclear
cooperation with the US with the recalcitrant Left Front
that provides outside support to the government, Prime
Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said India could not afford
to miss the nuclear bus.
at the dedication ceremony of the two high-efficiency
nuclear reactors at the Nuclear Power Corporation of India''s
Tarapore facility on 31 August, Dr Singh presented a strong
case for nuclear cooperation to ensue India''s energy security.
that India was now too important a country to remain outside
the international mainstream in the area of nuclear energy,
Dr Singh did not shy away from mentioning the need for
IAEA safeguards in order to begin negotiations with 45-nation
nuclear suppliers group.
is a talk the world over of a nuclear renaissance and
we cannot afford to miss the bus or lag behind these global
developments,'''' the PM said. Coincidentally it was from
Tarapore where India''s quest for nuclear energy first
also said that India would not be dependent on one country
but buy nuclear technology from US, Russia, France and
Japan. But international cooperation could not take place
with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) till the India-specific
safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) were finalized, he pointed out.
these steps are taken, India can commence civil nuclear
cooperation with all the 45 members of the Nuclear Suppliers
Group. This will signal the end of our international isolation
of the past few decades,'''' he added.
has set a modest target of 20,000 MW of nuclear power
generation by the year 2020. The PM said this could be
doubled with the opening up of international cooperation.
(For full text of the speech see: PM
dedicates two reactors to the nation at Tarapur Atomic
separately at the graduation function of the 50th batch
of the BARC Training School, Dr Singh said, the strength
of the institution was its faculty of professionals and
"This synergy between in-house research and development
and its applications has contributed to our technological
capacity to, for example, build and operate indigenously
designed nuclear power plants."
am told that the design of an advanced heavy water reactor
is ready, and that BARC is also working on several-advanced
reactor designs, including the development of a high temperature
reactor, which would enable generation of hydrogen from
Government stands fully committed to strengthening the
autonomy of our nuclear R&D programme. Our unique
three-stage programme, which is predicated on the need
to utilise our vast thorium deposits, is a logical response
to the needs of our economy. We should expedite progress
in the setting up of fast breeder reactors, after having
successfully implemented the pressurised heavy water reactor
programme. (For full text of the speech at the BARC
Training School: Nuclear
autonomy will be preserved)