`CAG has not understood our point'
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.