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Two-day Seminar discusses nuclear preparedness in India

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 13, IRNA -- Posting of National Disaster Force at all nuclear stations in India was part of plans to strengthen nuclear disaster preparedness after the Fukishima meltdown, according to a top official of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Speaking at a two-day Nuclear Emergeny Preparedness workshop at Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu state, M Sashidhar Reddy, Vice-Chairman, NDMA, said the force comprised specialists in chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear technologies to tackle nuclear emergencies.

'States have to respond to this call by National Disaster Response Force and expedite the process to set up such a Force in their plants at the earliest, pti reported. Maharashtra has already done so and the response from Tamil Nadu is awaited,' he said.

Besides top officials of NDMA, nuclear experts, state disaster management authority and Department of Atomic Energy officials discussed all eventualities at the seminar and also the preparedness to counter possible threats.

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