India has ratified the International Atomic Energy Agency's (iaea's) Convention on Nuclear Safety (cns), which legally obligates it to adhere to certain safety principles in constructing, operating and regulating land-based civilian nuclear power plants. This was recently announced by the Union ministry of external affairs. cns was adopted in 1994 and enforced in 1996.
"India shares the objective of the convention of maintaining a high level of nuclear safety worldwide through the enhancement of national measures and international cooperation, including in safety-related technical cooperation," the ministry statement stressed. It said the country was "fully conscious of the responsibilities arising from the possession of advanced and comprehensive capabilities in...nuclear fuel cycle operations...", adding that it was "implementing measures based on general safety principles to meet the objectives of the convention". It has put in place a multi-layered regulatory infrastructure and framed laws for the purpose, the ministry pointed out.
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