BJP sup­ports nu­clear li­a­bil­ity bill in Ra­jya Sabha

The Pak Banker - - International -

MUM­BAI: Ex­tend­ing sup­port to the Civil Nu­clear Li­a­bil­ity Bill, BJP on Mon­day asked the govern­ment not to be car­ried away by "phoney cam­paign" that no global sup­plier would be com­ing to In­dia with the pro­posed law fix­ing the sup­pli­ers' li­a­bil­ity in the event of the nu­clear mishap.

Ini­ti­at­ing a de­bate on the Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha, Leader of Op­po­si­tion Arun Jait­ley said in the Ra­jya Sabha that the govern­ment should not be "apolo­getic" about in­sert­ing a clause mak­ing sup­plier along with op­er­a­tor li­able for any nu­clear in­ci­dent.

Re­fer­ring to re­cent re­ports that re­ac­tor sup­plier from sev­eral coun­tries would not be in­ter­ested to come to In­dia, he de­scribed it as "phoney cam­paign".

Mr. Jait­ley said when In­dia would go to buy 40 re­ac­tors, the char­ac­ter of the global mar­ket would change. " It would no longer be sell­ers mar­ket which would be­come a buy­ers mar­ket. I would urge the govern­ment not to be over­taken by this cam­paign."

He said the in­clu­sion of sup­plier's li­a­bil­ity would be a fea­ture unique to In­dia and could be­come a global model.

This was what hap­pened in the case of WTO and the global patent regime where In­dia had as­serted its po­si­tion and taken a de­vi­a­tion from what was be­ing sought to be im­posed by the Western Euro­pean coun­tries and the US.

Mov­ing the Bill, Min­is­ter of State for Sci­ence and Technology Prithvi­raj Cha­van said the govern­ment tried to reach out to the op­po­si­tion by mak­ing 18 amend­ments to the bill.

Prais­ing the BJP for its sup­port to the Bill, es­sen­tial for open­ing In­dia's nu­clear com­merce with the world, Mr. Cha­van said, "We took upon our­selves to carry for­ward the good work which was started by the NDA govern­ment."

He said In­dia would be the first coun­try where li­a­bil­ity has been fixed for sup­pli­ers as no other coun­try has suf­fered Bhopal gas tragedy.

Ob­serv­ing that pas­sage of the Bill would com­plete the jour­ney which the Prime Min­is­ter had un­der­taken to US five years ago, he said adding that the open­ing up of the nu­clear com­merce would in­crease In­dia nu­clear power ca­pac­ity from 4500 MW to 40,000-50,000 MW. -PB News

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