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IAEA Director General Visits India

ICTP Trieste, Italy

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during the Director General's official visit to India, New Delhi, 14 March 2013. (Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of India)

The Director General visited India from 10 to 14 March 2013. The visit allowed the Director General to hear from Indian policy makers, scientists, researchers and engineers on developments in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to see some of the broad range of India's own nuclear activities.

During his visit, the Director General met with the Prime Minister,
Dr. Manmohan Singh; as well as with the Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr. Ranjan Mathai; Mr Shivshankar Menon, the National Security Adviser; and, Dr. Ratan Kumar Sinha, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission. He was also briefed by Mr. Sekhar Basu, Director at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and was hosted for a visit at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station by Mr. K.C. Purohit, Chairman and Managing Director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).

During his meetings, the Director General was briefed on India's expansion of its nuclear power programme, and their views on the key role that nuclear energy will play in meeting global energy supply, powering economic and social development. He was also assured of the Indian government's commitment to maintaining the highest levels of safety in their nuclear programme.

At the Tarapur Atomic Power Station, the Director General was able to see first-hand India's serious commitment to further enhancing safety at its nuclear facilities, including actions taken based on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan on 11 March 2011. He noted the successful OSART peer review mission conducted by the Agency at the Rajasthan NPP last year, and welcomed India's intention to make further use of such international peer review services in the future.

The Director General also visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. Here he was briefed on India's application of nuclear techniques across a wide range of areas, for food and agriculture, water management and desalination, industry, the environment and health care. On the occasion of his visit to BARC, the Director General delivered the silver jubilee lecture for the India Nuclear Society on IAEA Perspectives on the Future of Nuclear Energy. He also inaugurated the new digital radiotherapy simulator, "Imagin", at Tata Memorial Hospital.

-- Conleth Brady, IAEA


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