Mainstreaming Nuclear Disaster Risk Reduction in India

  • Rajesh Kumar


India has 22 nuclear power reactors operational and several new are coming up in the country. The issue of nuclear power generation stands intertwined between development, environmental concerns, and nuclear plants being struck with natural calamities leading to a nuclear disaster. Post-Fukushima, a lot of concern is being expressed in the country regarding its preparedness and disaster handling capabilities. The objective is to analyze India’s preparedness in case of a nuclear disaster and to enhance awareness among people through training and preparedness in general, and among people of Punjab’s Amritsar city in particular. First section of the paper deals with the background of India’s nuclear energy program. Second Section, deals with post-disaster scenario, and final section, deals with the necessary policy interventions needed in India. The methodology used is content analysis of existing literature and personal interviews of officials, students, and intelligentsia. The paper’s contribution for Disaster Management Research is that it focuses on role of education and knowledge, specially, among the youth of Punjab, India in building a culture of resilience and enhancing participatory role of communities along with the administration in mainstreaming nuclear disaster risks, thereby contributing to the best practices.

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  • Rajesh Kumar
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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