Information provided under the section 4 (I) (b) of the Act
The particulars of AERB staff and organisational structure are given in the Annexure-1.
The mission of AERB is to ensure that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause unacceptable impact on the health of workers and the members of the public and on the environment.
The Board's responsibility is to enforce the regulatory and safety functions envisaged under the relevant Sections of the Atomic Energy Act. These functions are as listed in the Charter of AERB.
Charter of AERB
Chairman, AERB, who is the head of the organization, is the competent authority for all the regulatory functions of the organization. He is assisted by Vice-Chairman, AERB. All the officers and employees report to the Chairman, AERB through the Vice-Chairman.
All the financial and regulatory powers are vested with the Chairman, AERB. To facilitate the smooth functioning of the organization, these powers are suitably delegated to the Vice-chairman and Directors/Heads of Division.
AERB has nine Divisions including Administration and Accounts Division. In addition, safety related R&D useful in regulatory process is carried out in Safety Research Institute of AERB, which is located at Kalpakkam.
AERB carries out the regulatory and safety functions assigned under the specific Sections of Atomic Energy Act 1962 through the functioning of various Technical Divisions (7 nos.), Specialist Committees, the Secretariat and the Board. The powers and duties of officers and employees are allocated separately under each technical Division and are given below.
The Administration Division of AERB provides the required administrative and general support to the Scientific and Technical personnel engaged in regulatory functions such as establishment and personal matters pertaining to the employees, recruitment, promotions, provision of infra-structure facilities and transport, purchases, house keeping, printing and issue of various publications etc. and also implementation of Official Language Policy. Chief Administrative Officer is the "Head of Office".
The Accounts Division carries out account related matters concerning AERB. DCA is the head of the Accounts Division.
The Procedure followed in the Decision Making Process, including Channels of Supervision and Accountability
A wide variety of nuclear and radiation facilities, which are under construction and operation in India, come under the regulatory purview of AERB as given in the Annexure-2.
AERB is supported by Safety Review Committee for Operating Plants (SARCOP), Safety Review Committee for Applications of Radiation (SARCAR), Advisory Committees for Project Safety Review (ACPSRs) and Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety (ACNS). The experts in these committees come from reputed academic institutes, R&D organizations, industries and governmental agencies. The ACPSRs recommend to AERB issuance of authorisations at different stages of projects of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), after reviewing the submissions made by the plant authorities based on the recommendations of the associated Design Safety Committees.
SARCOP carries out safety surveillance and enforces safety stipulations in the operating Units of the DAE.
SARCAR recommends measures to enforce radiation safety in medical, industrial and research institutes, which use radiation and radioactive sources.
AERB also receives advice on development of safety codes and guides and on generic nuclear safety issues from ACNS. These committees get expert advice from several standing committees (SC) like Standing Committee on Reactor Physics, Standing Committee on Instrumentation & Control etc. and several experts groups. The recommendations from these apex committees are submitted to the Board. Policy matters are discussed in executive committee (EC), which is chaired by the Chairman. Vice-Chairman and Directors/Heads of the Divisions are members of the EC. Administrative and regulatory mechanisms ensure the multi-tier review of all the safety matters by nationwide experts in the relevant fields.
The Directors/Heads of Divisions constitute the Executive Committee, which meets every month with Chairman, AERB in the Chair and takes decisions on all important matters related to the functioning of the organization. The organization chart of AERB is given below:
ORGANISATION CHART OF AERB
The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging it functions
The rules, regulations, regulations, manuals and records for discharging its functions are made available in the safety documents published by AERB. One important function of AERB is to develop safety documents, which include safety codes, standards, guides and manuals for nuclear and radiation facilities and other related activities. AERB has published a total of 172 documents out of which, 126 documents are for Nuclear Facilities, 35 documents are for Radiation Facilities and 10 documents are for Industrial Safety. The various working groups and Divisions of AERB and Advisory Committees on codes and guides for design, operation, quality assurance and siting and Advisory committee on Nuclear Safety are involved in the preparation of these documents. One hundred safety documents have already been published and others are in various stages of preparation. These documents stipulate the mandatory requirements and provide guidance to the utilities for adhering to the requirements to assure safety. Use is also made of IAEA safety documents and other international safety publications. The records of deliberations of Board, SARCOP, ACPSR, SARCAR, ACNS and various consents and other stipulations issued are maintained.
The safety documents are categorized into:
The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof.
AERB has a secretariat and the work is organised through its Divisions. (Pl. see the organization chart in item iii). AERB publishes Newsletter quarterly and an Annual Report. The press releases are issued highlighting the important activities and events connected with the functioning of AERB. The Secretary, AERB is responsible for interaction with the public and the media.
While there is no formal mechanism or arrangement for consultation with the members of the public in the formulation or implementation of its policy, the AERB duly takes into account the views expressed by members of the public through media, etc. Depending on their relative importance, these are discussed in the various committees of the AERB including the Board.
A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;
The officers and employees of AERB have been organised in several divisions. The details with their designations are given in Annexure-1.
The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulation.
The pay scales of AERB officers and employees are given below:
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The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
Under Capital (Plan), AERB Expansion Project, a XI Plan Scheme, was taken up to at a cost of Rs.12.70 Crores to establish Regional Centers (Eastern Regional Center at Kolkatta & Southern Regional Center at Chennai), Recruitment of Additional Manpower and R&D activities to strengthen R & D support for regulatory activities. The Expenditure up to end Dec, 2010 is 2.04 crores. Under Revenue (Plan), AERB Safety Research Programmes are taken up to promote and encourage Research and development activities in Universities, Institutes and Laboratories in the area of radiations and nuclear safety relevant to AERB at a revised cost of Rs.2.50 Crores for the year 2010-11. The expenditure up to end of Jan, 2011 is Rs.1.76 Crores
Under Revenue (Non Plan) The Budget Estimates for the year 2010-11 is Rs.23.52 Crores. The allotment was made for functioning of office and meeting expenditure like Salaries, Travel Expenses, Office Expenses, Minor works etc., The expenditure up to Dec, 2010 is Rs.18.90 Crores.
The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes.
There is no allocation of amounts to any subsidy programmes in AERB.
The following utilities are the recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations by AERB:
The jurisdiction of AERB also covers radiation facilities in medicine, industry and research. These facilities include gamma irradiation plants, medical accelerators, medical cyclotron facilities, radiation therapy installations, nuclear medicine laboratories, industrial radiography installations , nucleonic process control installations, academic and research organizations and diagnostic medical X-ray installations.
AERB has its website namely http://www.aerb.gov.in. The details of information regarding the execution of its responsibilities is provided and regularly updated in the website location.
The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use