Radioactive Exposure Case Prompts Disaster Management System to Take Measures

Radioactive Exposure Case Prompts Disaster Management System to Take Measures

A case related to radioactive exposure in New Delhi has prompted India's Disaster Management System to come in to action.

Commenting on the situation, the Government said that it will introduce a new policy which would make it binding for scrap dealers to inform about any radioactive exposures. Meanwhile, Disaster Management Authorities stated that they would ensure that radiation detection equipment is set up on every police vehicle.

On Thursday night, Deepak Jain, a scrap dealer and 4 of his helpers, sustained injuries after they were exposed to hospital waste, which was found to be radioactive in nature, in West Delhi's Mayapuri area. Jain, admitted at the Apollo Hospital, is reported to be in a critical condition.

National Disaster Management Authority, which is leading the initiative, stated that the Home Ministry will soon call the State Chief Secretaries for a meeting, to discuss ways of installing radioactive detection kits on police vehicles.

B. Bhattacharjee, a Nuclear Scientist at NDMA, said, "The documents are with the home ministry and the process of installing equipment on police vehicles would start soon".

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