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Home News Power Sector News CAG critisises Central Govt.- says Indo-US nuclear deal was not needed

CAG critisises Central Govt.- says Indo-US nuclear deal was not needed

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Indo-US Nuclear DealIn what could be a major embarrassment to ruling UPA who has gone out of the way to sign the nuclear deal with USA despite a strong opposition in the country, an independent official survey on the country’s estimated uranium reserves has revealed that the nuclear fuel stocks are enough to meet India’s fuel supply for the next 40 years.

According to an audit on the management of fuel for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) which was conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to evaluate the cause and consequences of fuel crisis — has revealed that India has enough uranium reserves which were left unexplored and untapped due to laxity by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The report says that as of September 2007, the estimated uranium reserves were about 1,07,268 tonnes while the fuel requirement of the 10,000 MWe PHWR programme, as planned by DAE till 2020, required around 1,01,600 tonnes for the entire lifespan of 40 years of these plants.

The DAE did little to mine the uranium, depriving millions of cheap electricity. Worse, the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd did not use a lot of the Uranium it had mined.

A report that appeared in national daily Hindustan Times in June last year on the country’s Great Uranium Sham called India knocking at the door of US to sign the nuke deal “a bitter truth hidden from the nation”.

According to the paper, DAE chief Anil Kakodkar’s office did not respond to its queries on the issue, sent through fax and e-mail.

The CAG report also raps the DAE that the capacity factors of nuclear plants were consistently brought down to 50% during 2003-08 that resulted in an estimated loss of about Rs 6,000 crore.

The DAE misled the Cabinet by getting new reactors approved when it knew that there was no fuel to run them, says CAG.

“Cabinet clearance for Kaiga-3 & 4 and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS)-5 & 6 was taken despite the knowledge that these reactors would suffer for want of fuel,” says the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in Parliament.

Sources revealed that the DAE top brass tried hard not to make the report public. But after prolonged discussions, the CAG, Vinod Rai, agreed to publish the report with a rebuttal from the atomic energy department.

Source - JaiBihar, Indian Express


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