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QUESTION NO.423 OPPOSITION FOR INDIA’S ENTRY IN NSG

July 21, 2016

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.423
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.07.2016


OPPOSITION FOR INDIA’S ENTRY IN NSG

423. SHRI A.K. SELVARAJ:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether many nations opposed India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in just concluded meeting of the NSG, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the nations which promised to support India for the NSG membership also opposed India’s move;
(c) whether India enjoys all powers without being a member of NSG; and
(d) if so, what was the necessity for India to make such an aggressive move for NSG membership in just concluded NSG meeting?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]



(a) & (b) India is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and, therefore, not privy to the Group’s internal discussions. However, it is understood that at the recent NSG Plenary in Seoul on June 23-24, 2016, there was a very large measure of support for India during a discussion on membership. While no nation explicitly opposed India’s membership, one country raised procedural objections ostensibly on grounds of India’s non-NPT status. A few countries raised issues regarding the process for India’s participation in the NSG. It is self-evident that process issues would not arise if these countries were actually opposed to India’s membership.
(c) & (d) India does not enjoy all the benefits of NSG without being its member. As India is not a member of the NSG, it has no say in how the NSG makes and implements rules for global civil nuclear commerce. Membership of the NSG would enable India to have enhanced and uninterrupted access to nuclear technology, fuel and materials required for its expanding civil nuclear programme. It would create a predictable environment for the large investments required for setting up nuclear power plants in India, inter alia, to meet India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) pledge of 40% of its power capacity coming from non-fossil sources by 2030.
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