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Nuke deal will bring in restricted technologies, says top scientist
Manash Pratim Bhuyan in New Delhi | September 10, 2008 12:42 IST
With India gearing up to a new era of nuclear commerce, scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Indian Space Research Organisation say the Nuclear Suppliers Group waiver will not only address the country's energy needs but also help in getting critical technologies in diverse areas which have been denied for decades.
Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said India was hopeful of getting access to dual use technology from America, if the nuclear deal goes through at the US Congress. "Access to dual use technology will definitely accelerate all the programmes in space, defence and other scientific areas. Even the private sector will benefit from it," he said. At present, there are restrictions on many dual use items and technologies which have applications in different sectors and if they are made available, the manufacturing industry is expected to get a huge boost.
Head of Business Development of Avionics, at Larsen and Toubro, Vinod Goley said the US will have to open up the core technology in certain areas as holding back the critical technology would backfire on them. "It will not be sustainable for the US to hold back technologies which have been denied to India so far," Goley said.
Vice President and Business Head of Godrej [Get Quote] and Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd S M Vaidya feels the NSG waiver will certainly raise India's stature at the international stage which will create a more encouraging environment for business Indian business community. "It is a landmark deal and I think post deal, the international business community will look at India in a different way. It will create a more conducive business environment for Indian companies," he said.
About 40 private sector companies have initiated talks with overseas counterparts to set up nuclear power plants in the country, envisaging a total investment of about Rs 2 lakh crore. India received a waiver from the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers' Group on September 6 to take up nuclear trade without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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