Washington: The US has said it is strongly
supportive of India`s investment in the civil nuclear power
sector and does not favour its NGOs opposing anti-nuclear
activities in the country.
"We are supportive, as a government, of India`s
investment in civil nuclear power. That`s not what we support
NGOs to do in India," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said asked about the recent Indian statements that
American NGOs are involved in opposing the nuclear power plant
in Tamil Nadu.
"Our NGO support goes for development and it goes for
democracy programs," she told reporters at her daily news
India intensified its drive against NGOs it suspects of
being hostile to national interests, with the home ministry
zeroing in on 77 organisations whose activities will be
scrutinized following a crackdown on four NGOs for allegedly
fanning protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant.
Nuland said she is not aware of the statement of
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a recent interview to
`Science` magazine said some NGOs do not appreciate
India`s growing energy requirements.
"I`m not aware of that. As you know, we are strongly
supportive of India`s investment in civil nuclear power. The
NGOs that we fund in India are involved in the same kind of
democratisation projects, etcetera," Nuland said.
Singh had said, "The atomic energy programme has gone
into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in
the United States, don`t appreciate the need for our country
to increase the energy supply."
When asked whether she was surprised and shocked by
Singh`s statement on the issue and if Secretary (of State) is
aware of this, Nuland replied, "I can`t speak to that one way
or the other."