UPA misled the country on NSG `waiver`: CPI(M)
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 19:34
  
New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Saturday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA government of "misleading" the people and Parliament, saying their assurance that India would be able to access sensitive nuclear technology has been "proved wrong" by the latest decision of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

"The Prime Minister and the UPA government have been exposed for misleading Parliament and the people of the country. ... As per the latest decision of the NSG, India cannot access sensitive nuclear technology as it is not a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty", the party Politburo said in a statement here.

Observing that the government had claimed it had got a "clean" waiver, it said the Prime Minister had told Parliament "time and again that the Indo-US nuclear deal would involve cooperation for the full nuclear fuel cycle".

"Now the UPA government seeks comfort from the American assurance that the exemption given to India will, in no way, be diluted. This is patently false.

"First of all, the United States did not commit to provide sensitive nuclear technology to India. Moreover, it is the US which took the initiative to get the new guidelines adopted by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)", it said.

In the run up to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, CPI(M) said, the Left parties had maintained that contrary to government claims, India would not be able to import Enrichment and Reprocessing (ENR) equipment and technology as the US had "clearly barred" such transfers to India.

Two days ago, NSG came out with new guidelines to strengthen controls on ENR technology transfers. But a US State Department spokesperson said "nothing about the new ENR transfer restrictions agreed to by NSG members should be construed as detracting from the unique impact and importance of the US-India agreement or our commitment to full civil nuclear cooperation".

PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 19:34


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