RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT - 2005 (Updated on January 19, 2018)

INFORMATION IN RESPECT OF THE INDIRA GANDHI CENTRE FOR ATOMIC RESEARCH, KALPAKKAM, TAMILNADU-603102

The Parliament has passed the Right to Information Act, 2005 and the same has been published in the Gazette of India on 21st June 2005.  Under Section 4(1) of the said Act All Government organizations are required to publish certain information pertaining to the concerned organizations for easy access by citizens of India desirous of obtaining such information.  Accordingly the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Kalpakkam-603103, Tamil Nadu, an Organization under the Government of India has made available the following information on the web for easy access by the citizens.

INFORMATION UNDER SECTION 4(1) (b)
i Particulars of the organization, functions and duties
  • Inidra Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) was established in the year 1971, under the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.  The centre is engaged in broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering directed towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactor technology. Fast Breeder Test Reactor based on unique mixed Plutonium Uranium Carbide fuel, First of its kind in the world and KAMINI Reactor, the only operating Reactor in the World using U233 fuels are successfully operated in the centre. The design of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor is completed and is in the advanced stage of construction at Kalpakkam.

  • IGCAR , the second largest establishment of the Department of Atomic Energy next to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, was set up at Kalpakkam, 80 KMs south of Chennai [Madras], in 1971 with the main objective of conducting broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced Engineering, directed towards the development of sodium cooled Fast Breeder Reactor [FBR] technology, in India. This is part of the second stage of Indian Atomic Energy Programme, which is aimed at preparing the country for utilization of the extensive Thorium reserves and providing means to meet the large demands of electrical energy in 21st century. 

  • In meeting the objectives, a modest beginning was made by constructing a sodium cooled Fast Breeder Test Reactor [FBTR], with a nominal power of 40 Mwt, based on the French Reactor, RAPSODIE. The reactor attained its first criticality on 18th Oct, 1985 and has been in operation at its maximum attainable power level of 20 MWt with a small core. It is the first of its kind in the world to use Plutonium Uranium mixed carbide as a driver fuel. Over the years, the centre has established comprehensive R & D facilities covering the entire spectrum of FBR technology related to Sodium Technology, Reactor Engineering, Reactor Physics, Metallurgy and Materials, Chemistry of Fuels and its materials, Fuel Reprocessing, Reactor Safety, Control and Instrumentation, Computer Applications etc., and has developed a strong base in a variety of disciplines related to this advanced technology. With the experience and expertise gained by the successful operation of FBTR, the Centre has embarked upon the design and construction of 500 MWe, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor [PFBR]. Various R & D activities in the areas of Structural Mechanics, Thermal Hydraulics and flow induced vibration, Component Testing in high temperature sodium environment, sodium-water reaction, hydraulic development of sodium pumps etc., are  successfully completed before taking up the construction of PFBR.

  • As a part of efforts for closing the fuel cycle, a Fast Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant designed constructed commissioned and   is being operated.  A 30 KWt, U233 fuelled mini reactor [KAMINI] has been made operational for neutron radiography, neutron activation analysis etc.,  IGCAR utilizes its expertise and resources in enhancing its standing as a leading Centre of research in various branches of basic, applied and engineering sciences that have a bearing on Nuclear Technology like Structural Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Material Science, Fabrication Processes, Non-Destructive Testing, Chemical sensors, High temperature thermodynamics, Radiation Physics, Computer Science etc.,

  • Apart from thrust areas related to nuclear technology, the Centre has credentials as a leader of research in various frontier and topical subjects like Quasi crystals, Oxide superconductors, Nano-structures, clusters, SQUID fabrication programs, exopolymers and experimental simulation of condensed matter using colloids etc., IGCAR has extended its expertise and facilities to other vital sectors as Defence, Space and other industries of India to develop techniques for reliable solutions to specialized problems. It has collaborations with educational and R & D institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Pilani,  national Institute of Technology, National Research Laboratories, Public Units and Institutes abroad.

  • A modern Library comprising 62,000 volumes of books, 41,000 back volumes, about 920 journals and 1.95 lakhs reports in all disciplines caters to the technical needs of the Scientists and Engineers. The Central Workshop is fully equipped with sophisticated machines for the fabrication of precision components.

  • The Computer Division houses Silicon Graphics Power Challenge L servers, SGI work stations, 8 Noded Xeon Servers to meet the computational demands of the users. The centre has sanctioned staff strength of 2814 including 1187 Engineers and Scientists.

  • The Centre is being steered by Dr. A.K. BHADURI, Distinguished Scientist.

ii Powers and Duties of its officers and employees
a. Director: Director is the head of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research and is responsible for implementation of the missions of the Centre. Director reports to the Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy & Chairman, and Atomic Energy Commission. The hierarchical set-up under Director IGCAR is as indicated below:
  Director
Group Directors Director (Personnel & Administration) Internal Financial Adviser
Associate Directors Administrative Officer-III Deputy Controller of Accounts
Heads of Divisions Administrative Officer-II Pay and Accounts Officer
Heads of Sections Assistant Administrative Officers Assistant Accounts Officers
Scientific Officers Administrative Staffs Accounts Staff
Technical and Auxiliary Staff    
  b. Group Director: The activities of the Centre are classified into distinct categories under the following Groups:
  • Electronics & Instrumentation Group [EIG]
  • Engineering Services Group [ESG]
  • Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility [FRFCF]
  • Fast Reactor Technology Group [FRTG]
  • Health, Safety & Environment Group [HSEG]
  • Materials Chemistry & Metal Fuel Cycle Group [MC&MFCG]
  • Materials Science Group [MSG]
  • Metallurgy and Materials Group [MMG]
  • Reactor Design Group [RDG]
  • Reactor Facilities Group [RFG]
  • Reprocessing Group [RpG]
  • Resource Management & Public Awareness Group [RM&PAG]

Group Directors are responsible for implementation of the objectives of the Group and reports to Director ICGAR. Directors of Groups are vested with various powers as required for managing the activities of the Group.
a. Associate Director: Associate Director of Group is the next level functionary after Group Director in a Group and is directly responsible for activities of sub group within the group. Associate Directors are vested with various powers as required for managing the activities of the Group.
b. Head of Division: Each Group/ sub group headed by a Group Director/Associate Director is further divided into several Divisions under different Heads of Divisions. Heads of Divisions are responsible for implementation of the objectives of their respective Divisions. Divisions are usually further divided into Sections headed by senior Scientists who are designated as Heads of Sections and vested with certain powers
c. Director (Personnel & Administration): Director (Personnel & Administration) is responsible for handling all administrative matters related to the Centre. He reports to the Director, IGCAR. Director, IGCAR is designated as Head of Department in respect of IGCAR for administrative functions. However, for administrative convenience, powers of Head of Department in certain areas have been redelegated to Director (Personnel & Administration), IGCAR.
d. Internal Financial Adviser: Internal Financial Adviser is the Head of the Accounts wing of the Centre. He is responsible for handling all accounts related matters of the Centre. He reports to the Director, IGCAR
e. Administrative Officer: Administrative Officer is the next level functionary in the Administrative wing of the Centre, and reports to the Director (Personnel & Administration. Administrative Officer (Personnel) in IGCAR is the Head of Office for administrative functions.
f. Deputy Controller of Accounts : Deputy Controller of Accounts is the next level functionary in the Accounts wing of the Centre, and reports to the Internal Financial Adviser.

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The procedure followed in the decision-making process, including channels of supervision and accountability: -
As in the case of any other Government organization, there is a defined hierarchical set up with a chain of command in the IGCAR in the decision making process. A group of employees form into a Section under the Section Head and number of Sections constitute a Division under a Division Head. Similarly, the Division Heads work under Group Directors who report to the Director, who is the Head of Unit. IGCAR council, Directors Advisory Committee, IGCAR Scientific committee are bodies chaired by Director, are participating in the decision making process. Stores and Purchase Committee chaired by Director takes decision on purchase of high value items. Through the chain of command as indicated above, supervision and responsibility commensurate with the level of the officers concerned has been fixed. Details in this regard are available on IGCAR website www.igcar.gov.in

iv The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions:-
The rules and regulations and other procedures which are applicable to other Central Governments offices are accepted as norms in the IGCAR also for the discharge of functions by various authorities.
v The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions :-
Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961
Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and the Rules framed there under Manual of Office Procedure
Exercise of Financial Powers (DAE) Rules, 1978
All Central Civil Services Rules
vi

Statement of the categories of documents that are held by its or under its control :-
The categories of documents in this regard could be broadly indicated as Annual Reports, News Letters, Progress Reports, Technical Reports, Manuals for application of various facilities & equipments, Scientific Publications such journals, books, rule books in addition to other books issued by Central Government.

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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 :-
The formulation of policies or implementation of the same by the Unit is as per the guidelines and directives issued by the Central Government as received through Department of Atomic Energy. The nature of its activities limits public interface in relation to the formulation or implementation of its policy.

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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 advise 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 :-
There are three main bodies in IGCAR which are IGC Council, Director’s Advisory Committee (DAC) and Indira Gandhi Centre Scientific Committee (IGCSC) which lay down policies and programmes in a broad manner. In addition, there are several bodies whose functions are of advisory or recommendatory nature for assisting the Head of the Unit for discharging the duties. This consists of several Standing Committees including the selection or ad-hoc Committee for recruitment and promotion, etc.

ix Directory of its officer and employees.
x The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations.
xi The budget allocated to each of its agency indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made :-
For all the activities as a whole for each financial year, the IGCAR has an allocated budget amount.
Details of Budgetary Allocation 2017-18 & Expenditure up to December 2017 (in crores)
xii The manner of execution of subsidy programmes including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes:-
There is no subsidy programme as intended under this Section. However for the benefit of the population in the surrounding villages of Kalpakkam, IGCAR is actively implementing a Neighborhood Development Programme.
xiii Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it :-
The information is Nil.
xiv Details in respect of the information available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form:-
Annual Reports, IGC Newsletter, Publications in the open literature, Progress Reports, etc. which could be accessed to on IGCAR website www.igcar.gov.in
xv 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 :-
Public can obtain information on IGCAR by visiting its website. Citizen can also obtain information by making a request to the PIOs by post or by e-mail. The library attached to the Unit is as an aid to the scientific work being carried out in the Unit. The library facilities are being made available to the academic group, research organizations and industries on specific request.
xvi Names, Designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers:
Particulars are provided in the Annexure
xvii Such other information as may be prescribed :-
Nothing specific to be included.
  Section 4(1)(c): Publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing the decisions which affect public :-
Relevant facts while formulating policies and announcing the decisions affecting public will be published through IGCAR website and press.
  Section 4(1)(d): Provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons: -
General public are normally not affected by the administrative or quasi-judicial decisions of IGCAR. However if need arises reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions will be informed to the affected persons by official communications.
xviii The information in compliance with section 4 obligation by public authorities shall be uploaded on a portal to be setup exclusively for this purpose: