Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for his country’s scientists and engineers to develop alternative energy sources.

Addressing the Indian Science Congress he said “India must find alternative sources of energy supply. We will need bio-fuel, solar energy, photo voltaic, nuclear and almost all sources, which do not burden the conventional sources of energy supply,” he stressed.

Terming energy security as both a managerial and a technological challenge, he said “we have invested billions of rupees in developing a range of energy sources. However, the return on this investment is far from adequate”.

“We must also find ways and means to conserve energy. Our scientists and engineers can contribute greatly to the development of energy conservation technologies,” he noted.

Pity he thinks that nuclear is an alternative energy.

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