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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

India's atomic plants remain on terror radar: Government

News One (India)

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Nuclear power plants in India continue to be on the target list of terror organisations but the government maintains constant vigil and enhances security from time to time, the Lok Sabha was told Tuesday.

‘In view of the prevailing security scenario, the atomic power plants continue to remain targets of terrorist groups,’ Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran said during question hour.

The minister said central security forces were conducting ‘regular sensitisation programmes’ for officials of these plants.

He said intelligence inputs were shared ‘at the appropriate level of Department of Atomic Energy and the state governments concerned from time to time’ to maintain constant tight security vigil at such vital installations.

‘Central security agencies review security of atomic power plants periodically and make specific recommendation to enhance the security wherever required,’ he said.

He said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was mandated to undertake security arrangements for all ‘sensitive’ nuclear installations.

‘Besides CISF, departmental security personnel are also deployed to assist in providing security to the installations,’ he added.

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