New Delhi,India has decided to ratify a Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the Government of India and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the Application of Safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities. The Additional Protocol was signed between the Government of India and the IAEA on 15 May 2009. As per the procedure for ratification, India would be depositing the instrument of ratification with the IAEA shortly. The India-specific Safeguards Agreement signed with the IAEA on 2nd February 2009 is already in force.
Signing and ratification of the Additional Protocol allows India to build on the gains of the civil nuclear initiative to increase the contribution of nuclear energy in India’s energy supply. It demonstrates India’s support for nuclear non-proliferation and the safeguards system of the IAEA, of which India is a founding member. This Information was given by answer the Minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen. Retd. V. K. Singh in Lok Sabha today.