Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has insisted that India is bound to expand its nuclear power programme but it will be follow the highest standards of nuclear safety and security, whose synergy is essential to restore public faith in nuclear energy, especially after the tragic events at Fukushima. Manmohan Singh said while addressing the plenary of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit that concluded here.
During his speech, Prime Minister said that India is in the process of expanding nuclear energy generation to 62,000 MW by 2032. We are taking forward our three-stage nuclear programme based on a closed fuel cycle, with new safety features and proliferation-resistant technologies.
Commenting regarding the safety norms of the nuclear devices, Prime Minister quoted that India have undertaken comprehensive reviews of nuclear safety measures at our nuclear facilities. India has invited the Operational Safety Review Teams of the IAEA to assist in its own safety reviews and audit.
Nuclear safety evaluations are being put in the public domain to enhance transparency and boost public confidence. We are also in the process of setting up a statutory, independent and autonomous Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority. We are strengthening emergency preparedness and response to nuclear accidents, he added.
(With inputs from IANS)
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