India is working on the ratification procedures of the India-specific Safeguards Agreement (ISSA) signed with IAEA to place its civilian nuclear power plants for international inspection.
“We are working on the ratification procedures of the ISSA. Ratification is a legal step and is expected to be completed soon,” Anil Kakodkar, Chairman Atomic Energy Commission has said recently.
Kakodkar said, “We will catch up with the schedule mentioned in the India-specific safeguards agreement signed with IAEA on February 2 this year at Vienna and will place reactors classified as civilian as per the Separation Plan under a single umbrella.”
“We will place first the newly constructed plants at Rajasthan Atomic Power station (RAPS) units 5 and 6 this year under the International nuclear watchdog IAEA.”
The next step would be filing of declaration of placing of the civilian plants as per the Separation Plan, 2006, of the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, he said, adding that the following step would be notification of the same to IAEA.