Consider the following statements: 

Statement-I:
India, despite having uranium deposits, depends on coal for most of its electricity production.
Statement-II:
Uranium, enriched to the extent of at least 60%, is required for the production of electricity.

Which one of the following is correct in respect of the above statements?

(a) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is the correct explanation for Statement-I 

(b) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is not the correct explanation for Statement-1

(c) Statement-I is correct but Statement-II is incorrect

(d) Statement-I is incorrect but Statement-II is correct

Explanation:

Statement-I is correct, as India does have uranium deposits but still depends on coal for most of its electricity production. Coal accounts for nearly 80% of the total electricity generated in India. [1]

Statement-II is incorrect, as uranium enriched to at least 60% is not required for the production of electricity. In fact, uranium enriched to around 3-5% is used as fuel for light water nuclear reactors. [2]

Therefore, the correct answer is:

(c) Statement-I is correct but Statement-II is incorrect.

Reflection in IAS EXPRESS

Source: Current Affairs In-depths > Coal Sector in India
Source: Current Affairs In-depths > Nuclear Power Generation in India

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