Curbs on DRDO, ISRO go
US President Barack Obama on Saturday made the much-awaited announcement of taking important Indian defence and space research institutions like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Limited off the high-tech ban list.
Speaking at an Indo-US business meeting, Obama said the â€œdual-useâ€ rules, by which high-tech exports by American manufacturers to the DRDO and ISRO are banned, would be amended and updated. The â€œdual useâ€ refers to technology that can be utilised for both civilian and defence purposes.
Another equally significant announcement that came from the American side was that the US will also back Indiaâ€™s bid for a membership of the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and three similar control regimes, which will enable India to get the â€œdual-useâ€ technology from member countries. Such transactions will be subject to rules of individual nations. It also means India will have a say in framing export control rules.
Although the announcements were made to make it easier for the US companies to do more business with Indian institutions and firms, it will please India nevertheless as many governments have been pressing the US to ease export controls and remove the DRDO and ISRO from the banned list.
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