Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the country would not go back on the Indo-US nuclear deal, while reiterating the government’s commitment to speed up the indigenous nuclear power development and research programme.
Speaking at a ceremony to dedicate the Tarapur 3 and 4 power plants to the nation, Singh said India would not depend on any one country for its future supply of nuclear fuel to end three decades of nuclear isolation.
“We will source supply from many of the countries in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, including the US, Japan, France and Russia,” he said.
“However, our nuclear cooperation with these countries cannot become effective until the Nuclear Suppliers Group adapts its guidelines to enable nuclear commerce with India,” he added.
Singh’s statement is significant because of the severe opposition to the nuclear cooperation agreement between the India and the US from both the Left parties, members of the United Progressive Alliance, as well as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
The government had on Thursday announced a review committee to look into the objections raised by all political parties to the nuclear deal.