`CAG has not un­der­stood our point'

Down to Earth - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Satin­der Singh Ba­jaj, chair­per­son of the Atomic En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Board, says the Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral of In­dia (CAG) and the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee have ig­nored the good work done by the board What are the changes pro­posed? AERB will be re­placed by NSRA and the new sys­tem will not re­port to any­one. It will di­rectly sub­mit its re­port to Par­lia­ment. It is in­tended to make the sys­tem of reg­u­lat­ing nu­clear es­tab­lish­ments more ro­bust and safe. AERB is also strong enough. The ex­ist­ing sys­tem is ad­e­quate and the reg­u­la­tory work in place. But AERB has faced se­vere crit­i­cism from CAG and Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee. CAG has not un­der­stood our point. It says that we have not de­vel­oped safety codes. But this is not the case. We have al­ready de­vel­oped around 140 safety codes [re­lat­ing to con­struc­tion and run­ning of nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties, stor­age of nu­clear ma­te­rial, etc]. It says some 26 more codes should have been cre­ated. It is quite ob­vi­ous that there are many things to im­prove and are im- prov­ing. But CAG over­looked the work done by AERB and high­lighted only those points which were not done. When will the new Bill ap­pear in Par­lia­ment and what other changes are pro­posed? There are sev­eral Bills pending. It com­pletely de­pends on the pri­or­ity of the gov­ern­ment. As far as changes are con­cerned, it will be cleared only af­ter the Bill is tabled in par­lia­ment.

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