India in strong position in n-deal: Kakodkar

July 10th, 2008 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 9 (IANS) Clearing the air on the India-US nuclear deal, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chairman and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)Secretary Anil Kakodkar Wednesday said New Delhi was in a very strong position “and is certainly not sitting on a weak platform”. Addressing a packed gathering on “Indo-US nuclear deal: advantage India” organised by the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) late Wednesday, Kakodkar said: “India does not need to compromise anyway. Our nuclear technology is respected world over.”

He said the necessity to go for the agreement arises from the acute need of energy which India faces in the coming decade.

Allaying fears of India getting into a bind, the AEC chairman said nowhere in the nuclear deal there exists a clause binding New Delhi from carrying out independent nuclear research.

“But we need to look for fuel and urgency arises from the fact that if we do not go for it, then delay may increase the gap between energy supply and demand in coming decade.”

He said Indian nuclear scientists were quite capable of developing power supply research “but then we also need to look into the research taking place outside”.

Refuting Kakodkar, former AEC chairman Homi Sethna stressed on self-reliance and warned that one should be extremely careful while signing sensitive international deals.

Citing the case of the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), he said foreign nations were not very favourable when it was started.

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