January 25, 2011, Washington DC: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) applauds the Obama administration’s decision to remove the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and its subsidiaries from the Entity’s List, effectively lifting high-technology export sanctions. The federal notification to the effect was issued on Monday and removed nine defense related organization from the Entity’s List.
President Obama had announced plans to lift the sanctions during his visit to India in November 2010, in recognition of the U.S-India friendship and India’s commitment to the non-proliferation regime. The sanctions were first imposed after India conducted its nuclear tests in 1998, and barred U.S. companies from exporting high-tech, dual-use technologies/items to these State-run organizations. The removal of sanctions comes as a High-Technology Business Development Delegation led by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke prepares to visit India from February 6 to 11, 2011.
Sanjay Puri, USINPAC Chairman congratulated the Obama administration on this forward-looking step and said, “Ever since the U.S-India Civil Nuclear Agreement we have urged the administration to remove India’s premier research organizations, the DRDO and ISRO, from the Entity’s List and open avenues of high technology trade between the two countries. The Indian high technology and defense market is an export hot-spot and the lifting of sanctions could significantly improve U.S. high tech exports to India.”
The nine organizations removed from the list are Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL), Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Defense Research and Development Lab (DRDL), Missile Research and Development Complex, Solid State Physics Laboratory, Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC), Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB), Sriharikota Space Center (SHAR), and Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC).
About USINPAC: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is a bi-partisan non-profit organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the US. We also provide bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information visit us at http://www.usinpac.com