India has stepped up civil nuclear partnership with Canada and Russia, the key players in its nuclear sector, even as the country works to gain more backing for its entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
The country is seeking to modernise state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) with Canadian expertise and also get involved in Russia’s proposed nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. Both Russia and Canada are strong backers for India’s entry into the elite nuclear club, with Moscow trying to influence Beijing to lift its veto against India’s membership. An NSG membership will enable India to expand its civil nuclear energy sector through wider foreign collaboration. Last week, India and Canada held the 4th round of India-Canada Nuclear Cooperation Agreement Joint Committee Meeting in Ottawa.