The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated session of the “7th Nuclear Energy Conclave” in Delhi.
It was organised by “India Energy Forum” and the theme of conclave was “Creating conditions for rapid capacity addition on nuclear power in India”.
Allaying fears and apprehensions of some manufacturers and suppliers, Dr. Jitendra Singh reiterated that the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act of 2010 does not place anybody at disadvantage.
The Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) will cover the operators’ liability under the CLND Act, 2010 and adequately address the liability related concerns of national as well as international suppliers, he said.
He appealed to the organisations like the “India Energy Forum” to help spreading awareness about India’s nuclear programme and seek to clear public misgivings, if any.
Today, India has become a front-runner in the world in the field of nuclear energy and has also successfully proved its ability to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, he added.
Referring to various important ongoing programmes, Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned the 3-stage nuclear power programme with Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) in the first stage, Fast Breeder Reactors in the second stage and Thorium based reactors to be put up in the third stage.
He stressed that although the programme is indigenous, India has also entered into agreements with several countries like France, Russia and USA to establish a large generation capacity.