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5. “In the global civil nuclear commerce, India should create a mature domestic market for nuclear power with a sizeable installed capacity of both indigenous and foreign reactors.” Do you agree? Comment.(250 words)
Reference: Live Mint
Why this question:
During the recent visit of the President of US, a joint statement was released which stated that India and US are encouraging the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Westinghouse Electric Company to finalize the techno-commercial offer for the construction of six nuclear reactors in India at the earliest date. Thus the question.
Key demand of the question:
Explain what the challenges before India are with respect to the Nuclear power generation, what are advantages and disadvantages of relying on foreign reactors and discuss the need for indigenization.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly trace the background of Nuke energy as a resource in the country. Discuss India-US ties on this front from past to present.
To start with explain the Nuke energy scenario in the country presently.
Discuss the need for India to create a mature domestic market for nuclear power with a sizeable installed capacity of both indigenous and foreign reactors.
Highlight the resources available at India’s disposal, need for technology etc.
Discuss the concerns associated in the process.
Highlight the Initiatives adopted by Government in the field of Nuclear Energy.
Conclude with way forward.