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Reject the Bribery Scheme on Koodankulam nuclear power project

by People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, 15 January 2012

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People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
- Idinthakarai 627 104
- Tirunelveli District
- Tamil Nadu
- koodankulam@yahoo.com

January 14, 2012

Press Release

Former President Dr. Abdul Kalam has written to the Prime Minister that 1,000 MW power from the first Koodankulam plant and the unspent amount of Rs. 16,000 crore from the 11th Plan may be given to Tamil Nadu along with his previously announced 200 crore PURA incentives in order to make the people accept the Koodankulam nuclear power project.

Although the people of Tamil Nadu summarily rejected his 200 crore bribe, he is now trying to bribe even more and convince the people about the dangerous Koodankulam nuclear project.

The capacity factor in all the Indian nuclear power projects is hardly 40 percent and this “nuclear scientist” must certainly know that 1,000 MW electricity will never be produced at the Koodankulam plant. Doesn’t he know this fact or does he conveniently hide this from the people of Tamil Nadu?

Instead of answering the scientific questions of the people truthfully and honestly, the former President of the country should not try again and again to bribe the people. And this effort must be condemned squarely.

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who has announced path-breaking Green projects for the state such as ‘Green Houses Scheme’ and installation of 1.74 million solar street lamps in 12,618 villages will certainly reject the bribery scheme.

It is indeed painful that the man who never uttered a word when Tamils were massacred in Eelam, when 570 Tamil fishermen were killed by Sri Lanka, and when Muslims were butchered in Gujarat is now speaking up for Russia and Russian company.

The people of Tamil Nadu should understand the truths behind this bribery scheme and rally around our demand for scrapping the Koodankulam nuclear power project.

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