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CPM accuses PM of misleading nation on clean waiver for import of ENR technology

Posted by on August 12, 2011 0 Comment

CPM has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of misleading the nation on clean waiver for the import of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology.

“We were then told a number of times and the Prime Minister time and again assured the House that the waiver granted by the US was full and complete. But the US has clearly barred enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology transfer to India,” CPM parliamentary party leader Basudev Acharia said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour on Thursday.

The party demanded that the PM make a statement in the Lok Sabha, clarifying the issue in the wake of guidelines notified by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, limiting sale of the technology to signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

CPM, a former outside ally of the United Progressive Alliance government, snapped ties with the ruling coalition in 2008 due to its opposition to the India-US civilian nuclear deal, leading to the Manmohan Singh government seeking a trust vote, which it won.

Subsequently, the progress on the landmark nuclear deal has been sketchy at best, with new doubts cropping up with NSG’s move on the ENR front.

Acharia said NSG’s latest decision went against UPA government’s claim during its first stint that India would be able to access and import ENR technology. Acharia alleged that the PM had misled the country.

“Parliament and the nation was misled by the Prime Minister when he said that India has got a clean waiver. It was not a clean waiver and the US never committed to export such technology (to India). The government’s claim then was not based on facts,” Acharia alleged.

Acharia pointed to the delay in notifying rules under the Nuclear Liability Act, which was enacted by Parliament months ago. Economic Times

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