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Radiation exposure incident a wake up call: Sibal

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal Saturday described the Mayapuri radiation exposure incident as a `wake up call` for discussing issues relating to procurement, storage and disposal of radioactive waste.



Bangalore: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal Saturday
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.

PTI

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