Government to go ahead with Indo-US nuke agreement : Sibal

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Kolkata, Sep 29 (UNI) The Centre would go ahead with the Indo-US nuke deal despite protests from the Left as it would enhance economic development of the country, Union Science&Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Kapil Sibal said today.

Interacting with the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) here, the Minister said the deal would ensure supply of nuclear energy, the 'most inevitable option' for development and the Government would not compromise on the cause.

Mr Sibal said by 2022 the total consumption of power would reach 4,48,000 MW in the country of which nuclear energy requirement would be 33,000 MW and hence there was an urgent need to increase the nuclear energy resources.

He also reminded that in 2032 the nuclear energy requirement in the country would increase to 63,000 MW of the total targeted consumption of 800,000 MW power.

" India-specific safeguards are there under the nuclear agreement and the sovereignty of the country is not under any threat, which, on the contrary, will pave the way for overall development of the country, '' Mr Sibal observed.

Under the agreement, he said, India could take nuclear reactor from any other country and continue the weaponisation programme and hence it should be welcomed from all quarters.

'' The development of a nation depends crucially on innovative solutions provided by science and technology and India must occupy a frontline position in this listing by exploiting the civil nuclear aggreement, '' Mr Sibal maintained.

UNI

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