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Govt to table N-deal in Parliament this week

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Aug 07, 2007 at 03:20am IST

New Delhi: The Indian Government is planning to table the 123 Agreement, the operational text of the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal.

It will be tabled when Parliament opens for the Monsoon Session this week.

However, In India, the BJP and the third front have been critical of the deal and in Washington too, a group of lawmakers have said they will stop the deal in the US Congress when it goes there later this year.

BIG DEAL: The agreement spells out how a plan for the US to share nuclear technology with India.

Criticising the text of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the BJP has demanded voting in the Lok Sabha on the 123 Agreement before signing the pact with the US. The party has requested the Speaker to take a voting under Rule 184.

BJP said that the deal would impact future atomic tests. The party has also demanded setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine the draft agreement.

Before that, India and the US will have to get clearance from the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The details of the Indo US Nuclear Deal were made public on Friday.

The agreement, which took two years to complete, spells out how a plan for the US to share nuclear technology with India will work, including thorny issues such as reprocessing rights and the creation of a fuel reserve for India.

According to the information from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Nuclear Agreement signed between India and United States will be valid for a period of 40-years which could subsequently be extended for 10-year periods.

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