In an interview with American magazine Science, Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister has blamed some foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for the protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu.
The PM stated that these NGOs, mostly from the United States are against the construction of the nuclear power plant which is built with the Russian assistance saying that the organizations did not appreciate India's need to increase energy supplies.
"You know, for example, what’s happening in Kudankulam. The atomic energy programme has got 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," the PM told NetIndian. This has disrupted the development of the Indian Nuclear energy programme and caused disturbed the country’s economy.
The remarks on the Kundankulam protests came during Singh's answer to a query on why his Government had put a moratorium on the release of Bt brinjal. The biotechnology has great potential and the country must make use of genetic engineering technologies to increase the productivity of agriculture.
In response to a question about how human space flights fitted in with his plans for inclusive growth, PM said, "Well, ultimately science and technology must be viewed as an instrument of raising the standard of living of our people. Now, if information technology can be seen to promote the development of our country, particularly in the inclusive style of development, I think people will see space technology also as a new way of dealing with the ancient scourges of poverty, ignorance, and disease. Science and technology are the ultimate salvation for finding meaningful new pathways of developing our economy,” he added.
The Kudankulam power station is one of several planned power projects that are seen as vital to plugging huge electricity shortages that have damaged economic growth. Protests by local people against the power station gathered pace after the Fukushima accident in Japan in March last year. In December, Singh said the plant would be open within weeks.