CHENNAI DEC. 4. K. Balachander has been appointed Regional Director of the Directorate of Purchase and Stores, Chennai, at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam. He has taken over charge as the Head of the Madras Regional Purchase Unit (MRPU).

The MRPU has overall control on the purchase and stores activities, meeting the domestic as well as import procurement requirements of the Department of Atomic Energy establishments in the region, IGCAR General Services Organisation and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) facilities at Kalpakkam, the Heavy Water Plant at Tuticorin and the Atomic Minerals Directorate of Exploration and Research in Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Balachander is responsible for the import-substitute manufacture of critical components in the sodium systems, resulting in considerable saving of foreign exchange to the country, according to an official press release.

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