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Nuclear Liability Bill faces fresh hurdles from BJP, Left

Sunday, August 22, 2010 06:31:29 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi: The Nuclear Liability Bill faced fresh roadblocks today with the BJP and the Left parties asserting that they would oppose any dilution of the suppliers' liability.

Both the BJP and the Left parties have apprehensions over an amendment in the Bill which they feel protects foreign companies in the event of a nuclear accident caused by gross negligence or defective supplies on their part.

"We are very clear that the scope of Clause 17 (B) (relating to suppliers' liability) cannot be diluted," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

"We need that to be addressed and if it is being diluted by this amendment which the government has cleared in the Cabinet, BJP will stand up and object to it," she added.

The Left was categorical that it would not give its nod to such a change in the text of the Civil Nuclear Bill.


Earlier in the last week, under Opposition attack for trying to "dilute" the provisions of the nuclear liability bill, Government on August 20 made certain amendments to strengthen the proposed legislation which was approved by the Union Cabinet, paving the way for its consideration by Parliament.


The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had approved almost all the key recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee that examined the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010.


Following this and support to the bill extended by the BJP, the Government was sure to pass the bill after the parliament was supposed to resume next week after a vacation of3-days. However, with the fresh hurdles coming from the opposition parties, the fate of the bill hangs again.







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