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NPCC plea to NPF on trust vote
NPN: Dimapur, 17 Jul 2008
Published on 18 Jul. 2008 12:12 AM IST
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Enumerating on the merits of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has requested its rival NPF party to keep aside petty political ideology differences and support the UPA Government during the trust vote in the Parliament, slated for July 22. NPCC president Hokheto Sumi in a press release urged the NPF to vote in favour of the UPA Government, considering the importance and necessity of nuclear energy for the State of Nagaland in particular and the Nation as a whole. The NPF Party had earlier issued a whip to the State’s lone Lok Sabha and party MP Wangyuh Konyak to vote against the UPA Government. Hokheto said one of the most important constraints on the country’s economic growth was the availability of energy with a major challenge being to increase the supply of electricity and other forms of energy in order to accelerate industrial development and bring about better infrastructure and more efficient public transport. “The demand for supply of electricity in the State is still very high and we must realize the importance to have sufficient and regular power supply to meet the requirements of economic growth in the State,” he added. Pointing out that the most common means of generating electricity were through burning of coal, tapping of river current and burning natural gas and petroleum, the NPCC president said burning of coal and oil have a harmful effects on environment and contributed to pollution and global warming. On the other hand, he said “the nuclear industry is unique in that it is the only energy-producing industry that has taken full responsibility for the disposal of all its wastes and meets the full cost of doing so. Nuclear energy also does not contribute to global warming. So, nuclear energy will be a clean and an affordable source of energy to the people.”

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