Rajani Sankaran appointed BHAVINI chief
Senior IAAS (Indian Audits and Accounts Service) officer Rajani Sankaran has been appointed the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (BHAVINI). She was the Director of Finance at BHAVINI and has been given a temporary posting for three months on the former CMD Prabhat Kumar’s retirement. She will occupy the position till a CMD is finalized. Despite the temporary nature of the position she is set to hold, Sankaran will be the first woman to head an atomic power company in India.
BHAVINI is a fast breeder reactor power company. It is involved in the setting up of India’s first indigenously designed 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam. The project is at a crucial stage and is expected to go on stream in 2015.
Sankaran is a 1989 batch IAAS officer. She has been a Fellow of International Auditing in the General Accountability Office, USA. She was held multiple positions in the government such as Accountant General (Commercial and Receipt Audit), Tamil Nadu and Principal Director of Audit (South Central Railway) and Southern Railway.
India’s PFBR was designed by IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research).
A breeder reactor breeds more material for nuclear fission reaction than it consumes. The PFBR will be fuelled by a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide, called MOX fuel. While the reactor breaks up plutonium for power production, it also breeds more plutonium than it consumes. The original plutonium broken down for power production comes from natural uranium.