Probing funding to anti-KNPP protestors: PC
Tirunelveli: Strongly batting for early
commissioning of Koodankulam nuclear power project, Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday night said the Centre was
probing the flow of funds allegedly received by the
anti-project activists and would take strong action if the
money came in a "wrong way".
"Investigation is going on to know how the protestors
are getting funds. If there is anything wrong, if the money
came in a wrong way, if it was used for wrong purpose and if
the accounts were not properly maintained, certainly action
will be taken," he told a well-attended public meeting to drum
up support for the project.
Chidambaram made no reference to the Delhi court verdict
giving a clean chit to him on the 2G spectrum issue.
Pointing out that the Indo-Russian atomic power project
was started in 1988 and suddenly some people protested against
the project, Chidambaram said "who is this S P Udhayakumar?
(convener of the People's Movement against Nuclear Energy
spearheading the stir against the project)"?
He said Rs 13,000 crore has been invested in the project
and it was people's money. After completion of more than 95
per cent of the project work, some people are protesting
against the project after 22 years, he said.
Referring to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's
announcement about constituting an expert panel to look into
"fears and concerns" of the locals, Chidambaram "welcomed" it
and hoped the panel would submit its report fast to enable
speedy commissioning of the project.
Chidambaram said it was the responsibility of the Centre
and the state to allay the fears of the people and the issue
should be resolved through talks.
"The issue could not be resolved despite four rounds of
talks between the expert committee appointed by the Centre and
state government and efforts made by former president APJ
Abdul Kalam," he said.
Appreciating the efforts of Congressmen in showing interest
for the development of Tamil Nadu, he said the partymen should
be in the forefront to raise their voice and agitate for the
development of the state.
Emphasising the importance of nuclear power, he said the
people of Tamil Nadu should realise that for the development
of a nation, nuclear power is a must.
Regretting that the country was not able to produce 60,000
MW power in the five-year plan ending March this year, he said
China overtook India in the field by generating one lakh MW
Union Ministers G K Vasan, V Narayanasamy, PCC President
Gnanadesikan and several other leaders spoke on the occasion.