President compliments PM for NSG waiver

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New Delhi, Sep 16 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today complimented Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the ''historical achievement'' at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which lifted restrictions on India for nuclear commerce with the world.

In her inaugural address at the Governors' Conference here, the President said the NSG consensus waiver would help India provide an enabling environment for clean energy.

''The consensus adopted recently by the Nuclear Suppliers Group on civil nuclear cooperation with India will help provide an enabling environment for clean energy. I compliment the Prime Minister for this historical achievement,'' the President said.

She said India had been playing an active role in addressing the climate change issues and the Prime Minister had released the National Action Plan on Climate Change in June that emphasised adaptation to climate and enhancing the ecological sustainability of the country's development path.

''It focuses attention on eight National Missions and recognises the significant role that states will play in creating institutions to enhance the ability of the people to adapt to climate change,'' the President said.

She stressed the need for harmonising ecological and environmental imperatives with development strategies.

She said global warming, thinning of ozone layer, erosion in the Arctic permafrost and consequential climate change was emerging as one of the biggest threats to the biosphere.

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