Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai on Monday and interacted with scientists there.
PM Modi’s schedule included a visit to the Dhruva reactor and an interaction with scientists of the Department of Atomic Energy and BARC. Dhruva is located in the BARC premises.
Referring to the Diamond Jubilee of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), which falls on August 3, the Prime Minister, asked the department to draw up a programme of year-long celebrations, with special focus on the various human and developmental dimensions of atomic science, with special outreach to the youth in schools and colleges throughout the country. The Prime Minister exhorted DAE to present the human face of India’s capabilities in nuclear science throughout the world.
During the visit which lasted four hours, Prime Minister also saw DAE’s most advanced facilities at BARC including the Dhruva Research Reactor.
Prime Minister told DAE that nuclear safety and security is of the highest priority for him and asked DAE to ensure that India’s standards and practices should be the most advanced in the world.
He also directed DAE to make special efforts to expand its research and extension on national scale applications of atomic science in areas like healthcare, waste management, water treatment, agriculture and food preservation.
The PM’s BARC event was open only for the official media.
On his first visit to Mumbai after becoming the Prime Minister, Modi also addressed a meeting of key office bearers of the Maharashtra state and city BJP units, before returning to Delhi.
Earlier, on his arrival at the airport in the afternoon, Mr Modi was received by Governor K Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Senior state BJP leaders including Maharashtra unit president Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde also greeted PM Modi at the airport.