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Web Exclusive | January 2013

Govt to safeguard people's livelihoods at nuke plants: PM

Telling that nuclear power is an essential component of India’s energy mix, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came out forcefully in support of the nuke power. The government will ensure the safety and livelihoods of people are not jeopardised in its pursuit of nuclear power, Singh said at a function to confer lifetime achievement awards on four nuclear scientists in Delhi.

Noting that the 2011 Fukushima incident had raised 'justifiable' concerns on atomic energy, Singh said even as the government implement its power programme, it will continue to ensure that nuclear power remains wholly safe. He said Parliament was examining a bill to set up a new Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority.

The Prime Minister said India has enhanced its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the first operational safety review team recently visited the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station.

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