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Nuclear power cannot be abandoned, says Kalam

“Any technology or system cannot be forsaken for risks it has”

VIRUDHUNAGAR: India cannot abandon nuclear power technology because of the safety concerns following the threat to nuclear power plants in Japan owing to the recent tsunami, former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said.

Interacting with students at P.S.R. Engineering College near Sivakasi on Sunday, Dr. Kalam said that any technology or system could not be given up because of the risks it had. The world had not given up ships after the sinking of the Titanic. Similarly, aircraft and cars also had not been abandoned following accidents.

Japan was hit by earthquake and tsunami of unprecedented gravity that threatened its safety. World-wide, the safety of nuclear plants along the seashore was being reviewed. He hoped that reinforced safety designs would come up.

Dr. Kalam said that he would push for usage of thorium, which he said, was safer than uranium.

To a question on whether corruption could be rooted out in the country, he advised the youths to fight it with love and affection. He proposed that fight against corruption should begin at home.

On ‘clean' home

“If you know that your father is corrupt, persuade him (to give up the corrupt practice). And the tool for that is your love and affection for him,” he told the students.

Stating that it was possible to eradicate corruption through this way, he said clean homes could clean up the society and thereby the nation. He asked the students to take a pledge of working and succeeding with integrity.

Farming

On using newer technologies in agriculture, he said technologies were indispensable for the future of farming operations in the country. “We are producing 235 million tonnes of foodgrains with the 170 million hectares of farm land. The size of the land would go down to 100 million hectares soon and the food grain requirement will double. Water availability will also go down,” he said.

In this context, technology will help produce food grains by using genetically modified seeds, new cultivation technologies such as soil testing, drip irrigation and organic farming, Dr. Kalam said.

Besides, farmers should adopt value-addition techniques for their produce.

“Make history”

Dr. Kalam wanted the students to become unique individuals. “Everyone has a page in the book of world history. You have to make the world read your page,” he said. For that, the students should have an aim, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard and possess perseverance.

The college chairman, R. Ramadoss, correspondent, R. Solaisamy, principal, V. Srinivasa Raghavan, and the principal of P.S. Rengasamy College of Engineering for Women, K. R. Viswanathan, were among those who spoke.

The Ramanathapuram Principal District and Session Judge, V. Balasundarakumar, and Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police Najmul Hoda were among those present.

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