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Peaceful and safe use of nuclear science stressed to achieve development goals

KATHMANDU: Experts have stressed on the peaceful and safe employment of nuclear science and technology for achieving the national development goal.
Speaking in a workshop organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) here today, they expressed the belief that the developmental goals could be achieved through the safe use of nuclear technology.
Ministry secretary Krishna Raj BC said that Nepal is a state party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety. He shared that preparations have been forwarded to bring the Bill Designed for the Safe and Peaceful Use of Nuclear and Radioactive Substances, 2075.
He said the use of nuclear technology could be easily increased in the health, agriculture and industry among other sectors once the bill was endorsed, expecting continued support of the IAEA in this endeavour.
The Government of Nepal has already approved the bill from the Cabinet andit is at the stage of tabling it in the Federal Parliament.
The workshop has been organized with the objective of providing information to the stakeholders on the safe use of nuclear technology as well as on the prevailing international conventions and agreements related to it.
Joint secretary at the Ministry and Chief of the Nuclear Substances Management Division, Rishi Raj Koirala, shed light on the possibilities of peaceful and secured use of nuclear science, adding that the workshop would also facilitate sharing of the new technology and knowledge in this sector.
Another joint-secretary at the Ministry, Dipendra Kafle, said the workshop would provide an opportunity for interaction among the experts in the related area and sharing of information and knowledge on the safe use of the nuclear science as well as on reducing its harmful effects.
Coordinator of the IAEA Sota Kamisama made a presentation on the global use of nuclear technology and highlighted the works being carried out by the IAEA.
Nepal has not been able to import and bring into use the nuclear technology in many sectors in lack of a relevant legislation.
Experts suggest that nuclear technology could be used in increasing the agricultural productivity, conducting research, preserving food grains, and in mineral exploration and infrastructure construction.
Experts from the related field, officials from various ministries and physicians and radiologists are participating in the three-day workshop.

Published Date: Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 10:37 PM

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