ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Unsafe under Wraps

LACK of accountability to the public, nonchalance towards issues of safety and relevance and arrogance born of long and close association with the PMO have been well known characteristics of the atomic energy establishment. Early this week when the angry ex-chief of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), A Gopalakrishnan, went to the press about the grave state of affairs in the department it came as no surprise. What the episode drew attention to is that the Nehru-Bhabha legacy of keeping atomic energy issues and affairs under velvet wraps needs to be jettisoned forthwith. It had no validity even in the 1950s, but now such an attitude and its imperatives are leading the atomic energy establishment to make serious compromises which could result in major disasters, financially as well as in terms of safely. Ironically, it is also prompting widespread public distrust of the establishment which should concern even those who swear by the peaceful atom.

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