India developing technology to detect, protect against CBRN threats

According to a top Defense Research and Development Establishment official, Indian scientists are working on an ambitious project costing approximately $55.7 million to develop technologies for detection and protection against CBRN agents.
M.P. Kaushik, the director of the DRDE, said that scientists from 10 laboratories, including the DRDE and Gwailor, are working on the project. Kaushik made the statement at the inaugural session of a two day national conference entitled "Biological Disaster Management: A step towards building national capacity and resilience – The role of industry under PPP." The event was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Hindu Times reports.
According to Kaushik, bioterrorism is the top threat among chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. He said more attention needed to be paid to counter such an attack and that state-of-the-art technologies were required for detection, protection and mitigation of bioterror threats.
M. Shashidhar Reddy, the vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, stressed the need for the country to be more prepared against agents like toxins, bacteria and viruses, according to the Hindu Times. Reddy urged N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, to direct officials to view guidelines that the NDMA has formulated to view CBRN disasters seriously. In addition, he suggested that the chief minister appoint a full-time vice chairman to the State Disaster Management Authority.