India rejects US think tank report on N-safety

New Delhi: Strongly rejecting the findings of a US-based think tank which poorly rated India on nuclear safety index, New Delhi today said the findings were based on "faulty methodology" and it used "unreliable information".

"We have seen the report but we do not share its conclusions as we believe it is based upon faulty methodology especially on issues relating to India," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said. The index, compiled by think-tank Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) had ranked India very low, just above Iran, Pakistan and North Korea.

Mathai said all nuclear materials in India were subject to strict oversight controls and that New Delhi has an unblemished record. He said the index was based on "unreliable information". While India scored good in keeping with international commitments, on-site physical protection, response capabilities and accounting procedures, it fell behind when it came to political stability and because of the lack of domestic legislation.