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Dr Jitendra Singh allays fears about health hazards from nuclear plants



Dr Jitendra Singh allays fears about health hazards from nuclear plants
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has allayed fears about health hazards from nuclear plants. Speaking at the National Symposium on “Public Education on Radiation Safety” as chief guest after releasing a book on “Radiation Safety Management” here today, Dr Jitendra Singh stressed upon the urgent need to start a country wide awareness campaign to educate the public about the enormous peaceful benefits of nuclear energy and to clear the air about the apprehensions which sometimes come in the way of setting up of new atomic and nuclear plants under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). 

Dr Jitendra Singh said that the work for setting up of some of the new nuclear plants sometimes gets delayed because of apprehensions among the local population, but the DAE with the help of voluntary and civil society groups is constantly trying to clear such apprehensions. To effectively carry forward an awareness campaign like this, the DAE solicits the support and cooperation of like-minded scientific groups, social scientists and voluntary agencies who can carry forward the message to every section of society, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, in today’s age and times the peaceful and constructive application of nuclear energy is widening with each passing day and nuclear energy is not only proving to be a boon in fields like medical treatment and agriculture, but is also going to be a major source of energy to meet the ever increasing demand of energy and electricity in the country.

Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that there is no evidence to suggest that even a single scientist working in any of the nuclear plants in India has suffered physical harm on account of exposure to radiation. The safeguards for the purpose are observed as per the rules, procedures and principles laid down by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) under the DAE are among the best practices in the world.

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that over 60 years ago, Dr Homi Bhabha had started India’s nuclear programme primarily for peaceful purposes and today, we have not only vindicated Homi Bhabha’s dream, but also presented a glorious example for the rest of the world. Along with solar energy, nuclear energy is going to be one of the richest resources for India as it moves ahead to become the Asian giant of 21st century, he added. 

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