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Radiation exposure incident a wake up call: Sibal

india Updated: May 02, 2010 00:52 IST
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HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today described the Mayapuri radiation exposure incident as a 'wake up call' for discussing issues relating to procurement, storage and disposal of radioactive waste.

"We are going to write to various ministries dealing with the issues of getting regulation framed," he told
reporters here.

The University Grants Commission is writing to universities on what are the guidelines to deal with
radioactive and biomedical waste and the issue of pesticides to ensure individual safety, he said.

UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat said the Commission was setting up a high-power committee to look into the issue.

Eleven sources of radiation were detected in the Mayapuri scrap market where Cobalt-60 was recovered last
month. A scrap shop worker in west Delhi died due to exposure to the radioactive material sold as scrap by Delhi University.

A few others are undergoing treatment after they were exposed to the same material last month, whose source was traced to the chemistry department of the University.