Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this conference is unique in many ways as this year happens to be the year of diamond jubilee celebrations of the setting up of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and we need to rededicate ourselves to the values of peaceful use of nuclear energy. We will be remembering the legacy of Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha and his initiatives which he took 60 years ago by setting up a centre of atomic energy in India, he added. Our nuclear policy is in line with the principles of peace and non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi as we use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. He said that India is going through one of the best times as the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visits to various countries have helped us in civil nuclear cooperation with these countries.
The Minister said that the Department of Atomic Energy under the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister has eminent prospects in future. During the Prime Minister’s visit to Canada, it has been agreed that Canada will supply 3000 metric tonnes of uranium over the next five years to India. Similarly, during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, the agreement signed with AREVA is in line with the vision for “Make in India”.
Speaking on the potential hazards of nuclear energy as largely perceived, the Minister said that the awareness programmes needs to be organised to address the myths about the use of nuclear energy. He said that various studies have been conducted to assess these effects which show no extra risk due to usage of nuclear energy for the people living in the vicinity of nuclear plants. The nuclear energy is more environment friendly and climate friendly as compared to other sources of energy, so it can be used for generation of power to meet the growing demand of energy.
Shri R.K. Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission said that nuclear energy is the clean and green source of energy and it is a good option for energy if per capita consumption of power in India has to be increased. This way we can leave a clean planet for the generation to come and fight the challenge of global warming. He said that various myths related to nuclear energy need to be addressed for the acceptance of nuclear energy as an option. He also said that financial aspects related to the generation of nuclear power also need to be addressed by cooperation in the field of research and development. The nuclear energy production will be cost competitive and will help generating more employment in the country, he explained.
Mr. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India said that during the recent visit of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to Canada, nuclear energy was an important agenda and the civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries shows the significance of mutual trust between the two countries.
The addresses by the dignitaries were followed by an interactive session with the audience. During the interactive session, MoS, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the share of nuclear energy in total power generation in India will increase in future. India has rich reservoirs of thorium and India can take lead in this area in the future.
A Panel discussion on various issues such as contribution of nuclear energy to the decarbonisation of power sector, nuclear energy expansion & “Make in India” and Climate change & the future of nuclear energy was also held at the conference.
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