New law for Mayapuri-like disasters
After the death of one person exposed to Cobalt 60 radiation in Mayapuri, the Centre on Friday said a law to cover radiation from nuclear waste will be brought in.
“There has to be a legal regime providing for insurance cover to people handling nuclear material in research institutions and health sector,” Science and Technology minister Prithviraj Chavan said in Lok Sabha.
While blaming DU for the lapse, Chavan, after repeated question from the members, said that Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) did not inspect Cobalt 60 in DU’s Chemistry lab. “As the gamma meter was not in use, it was not inspected,” he said.
The minister also said there were 10,000 sources of nuclear material in 3,000 institutions in the country which AERB was regularly monitoring.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Friday gave a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to Nandini Devi—the widow of Rajinder Kumar, the Mayapuri scrap worker who succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS due to radiation exposure on April 26.