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Jaitapur: A comic to dispel n-power fears

Written in simple Hindi,it is part of the public awareness activities of NPCIL

Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai |
May 23, 2011 12:25:10 am

To dispel fears of villagers opposed to the nuclear power project in Jaitapur,the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) will distribute a comic book that will also focus on the benefits they would reap from nuclear energy.

The comic,Ek Tha Budhiya: Kahani Ek Khushal Gaon Ki (The Story of a Prosperous Village),narrates the story of Jagdishpur,a village that had been underdeveloped for years owing to ignorance and outdated beliefs,which transforms into an ideal one after a nuclear plant is set up.

Written in simple Hindi,it is part of the public awareness activities of NPCIL.

“Did you know that the radiation dose from a single X-ray is equivalent to the radiation one receives in 20 years living near the fence of a nuclear power station or working in it,” asks Samir,the protagonist from the city who allays fears of villagers and convinces them that the plant will transform the village.

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“We will distribute the comic in Jaitapur,Ratnagiri,Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. There is a need to educate people in Jaitapur and other places where new plants are to come up and clear their confusion and dispel myths. In this regard,the comic book is not just to spread awareness but also make it attractive and interesting. It will be distributed among locals as well as schools so that students,principals and teachers also read it,” said Ranjit Kakde,general manager (corporate communications),NPCIL.

The book touches on all issues of nuclear energy,like its importance,radiation,impact on health and compensation for project-affected people.

It starts with Budhiya and other villagers approaching the village head and expressing concern over nuclear power plant coming up in the village. The village head assures them there is nothing to be afraid of. His grandson Samir takes the lead in convincing them.

Part two of the book will be about villagers visiting a plant,what they see and feel there. “We have dispatched booklets in Marathi to clear misconceptions about the Jaitapur power plant. The comic book is another step in that direction. It will soon be sent for printing. Gradually we will also publish it in other languages including Marathi,” said Kadke.

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