Mask developed by BARC

Mask developed by BARC

New Delhi: The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai, which is affiliated to Department of Atomic Energy, has developed high quality and cost-effective face mask using HEPA filter.

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the scientific fraternity. He pointed out some of the major activities and initiatives of the Department of Atomic Energy during the last one year. Department of Atomic Energy has about 30 units which include R&D, academic institutions, aided hospitals, PSUs etc.

Besides the high-quality face mask, the Atomic/Nuclear scientists have also developed the protocol for re-use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) subsequent to radiation sterilization. The SOP for the same is under consideration by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, he added. Identification of new regions to develop RTPCR testing kits has also been accomplished, said the minister and added that the kit is relatively more economic and expected to analyse relatively faster.

Mask developed by BARC

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for special impetus and budgetary allocation provided to Department of Atomic Energy during the last six years, Singh referred to the 20 Lakh Crore package announced by the PM and said this also includes the setting up of irradiation plants across the country to prolong the shelf life of variety of fruits and vegetables.

Mask developed by BARC

“One of the important achievements under the Modi government has been that we have extended the activities of atomic energy to different parts of the country whereas hitherto it remained confined mostly to few States in South India or in West like Maharashtra.” He said and informed that the work is in progress to set up the first nuclear plant in North India at a place called Gorakhpur which is quite close to Delhi.


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