NEW DELHI, Feb 6: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vindicated the Nuclear Peace Mission of the founding father of India’s Nuclear Programme, Dr Homi J. Bhabha, by giving major impetus to expansion and generation capacity of India’s Nuclear capabilities in the last five years.
Delivering the keynote address at “Parmanu Tech 2019” Nuclear Energy Conference, Dr Jitendra Singh described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a man with a natural temper for science and said, it was a huge advantage in the last five years to have someone like him at the helm, because this enabled us to give a special impetus to expansion of our Nuclear Energy Programme in the country. For example, he said, it is during the Modi regime that an out-of-box decision was taken to enter into joint ventures with other PSUs for setting up new nuclear installations, which would help the Department of Atomic Energy to overcome the constraints of finances. It was also during these five years that the Atomic Energy programme which was confined mostly to southern States of India was brought to the northern States as well and in this endeavor, an atomic plant is already in the process of being set up in Gorakhpur, Haryana near Delhi, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, after 60 years of nuclear journey, we are now in a position to claim to the whole world, how India’s Nuclear Programme has emerged as a major resource pool for the growing energy needs of the country for its economic growth and development. He said, even though at present almost 60% of power generation in India is from coal and other sources, but in the years to come, green sources of energy, including the nuclear energy will be playing a major contribution.
Not only this, he said, India is today a front-line nation of the world in its nuclear energy capability which is going to multiply three-times in the years to come.
Chairman/Secretary Atomic Energy, Dr K.N. Vyas and other eminent nuclear scientists were present on the occasion.