Indian doctors urge Gillard not to supply uranium

Indian doctors in India have called on Australia's Prime Minister to work together with India on renewable resources, not nuclear energy.

A statement issued by Dr Arun Mitra, President of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, to mark the PM's visit, praises Australia for not having nuclear power, saying:

"Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) while welcoming the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on visit to India has appealed that Australia should not supply Uranium to our country for any purpose."

"Australia is the second biggest producer of uranium in the world. But it is to the credit of Australia not to have any nuclear power plant."

"Nuclear energy is inherently dangerous and nuclear power plants are neither safe nor economical. Moreover they can be a potential for the production of nuclear weapons any time in future. That Australia would supervise India over the use of uranium supplied by it does not sound realistic."

"India has ample number of renewable resources for energy. It will be pertinent that the two countries work together in the field of renewable resources."

Dr Arun Mitra,
General Secretary IDPD