LS clears Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill 2015

New Delhi, Dec. 14 (ANI): The Lok Sabha on Monday passed by voice vote the Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill 2015, which seeks to amend the existing legislation to overcome difficulties in setting up of new nuclear projects and enhancement of nuclear power generation.

It allows the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) to have joint ventures with other Public Sector Undertakings for establishing nuclear power plants.

The bill also intends to enable the Government to issue licence to such joint-venture companies to set up nuclear power plants, take measures for safe operation and safe disposal of fissile material. It also provides for cancellation of licence in case the licensee ceases to be a government company.

Replying to a debate, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said: “The country’s nuclear programme is dedicated to peaceful purpose, and the government has set a target of generating thirteen thousand mega watts by 2020 through nuclear energy.”

Allaying apprehension about disposing of the fissile materials, the minister said the radioactive materials are disposed of in a scientific manner, adding that both units of the Kudankulam project will be functional by next year. (ANI)

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