While not yet finalized, India’s parliament is widely expected to pass legislation that will abolish the country’s independent Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. In its place, the government plans to establish a new body, the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority. Indian officials claim the change will help streamline its growing nuclear industry and make it less bureaucratic. Critics both inside and outside India are concerned that since the new agency’s staff will report directly to government officials in New Delhi, it will lack independence and transparency. With the fox guarding the hen house, critics argue, there are concerns that safety will be comprised and that the government may step up its nuclear weapons program.
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