New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh, said yesterday that land acquisition for the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS) project was carried out in the first phase in 1960s and the second phase in early 2000s. Project Affected Persons (PAPs) at Tarapur have been rehabilitated in line with the rehabilitation package formulated by the Maharashtra Government as per the laws and acts prevalent then.
In addition, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) undertakes several programs for the welfare of the neighbourhood, including PAPs, as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These include providing civic amenities, healthcare, education & skill development, infrastructure, sanitation and sustainable development.
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and NPCIL have made efforts to employ as many eligible people from among PAPs as possible, considering the requirements of qualifications and skills for various jobs in nuclear power plants.
Diversified initiatives to enable PAPs for securing employment and livelihood are implemented. These include relaxation in age and percentage of marks in qualifying criteria in recruitment to Group C posts advertised by Tarapur Atomic Power Station, award of services and maintenance contracts to PAPs, and special dispensation for allotment of shops in the TAPS Township.
NPCIL as a Public Sector Enterprise of the Department of Atomic Energy follows all orders and guidelines issued by the Central Government for recruitment. As per the extant rules, no quota is specifically earmarked for Local (Home District or Home State) candidates.
However, NPCIL has provided question papers for recruitment in the posts to be carried out at the site (Group B technical and all Group C) in Marathi, in addition to English & Hindi.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 4 December.
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