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Nuclear Liability Clause gets cabinet nod before PM leaves for US

Agencies  New Delhi , September 25, 2013
First Published: 13:08 IST(25/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:03 IST(25/9/2013)

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared the controversial nuclear liability clause before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for the US, according to CNN-IBN report.

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The CCS go ahead will facilitate signing of a deal between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and America's Westinghouse, reported the channel.

Timed ahead of PM's US visit the clause will dilute the Nuclear Liability Law by which NPCIL will have the right to recourse, in case of a nuclear accident.

The reporrt further says the clause was cleared on the basis of the Attorney General GE Vahanvati's interpretation of the deal, which states that the right to recourse in case of a nuclear accident lies with India. But the Central government maintained that India is not going back on the deal.

"There is no question that we will go back on the Nuclear Liability Bill," external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told reporters.

Taking into account all the opposition to the Civil Nuclear Suppliers Liability Clause from the US, the agreement will now allow two sides to begin negotiations.

Meanwhile the government denies amends, it allows NPCIL to change course in case of a mishap. It is to be noted that it will allow them to continue negotiations on the 6,600 megawatt plant in Gujarat.

The CCS clearance only heightens the significance of Barack Obama and Manmohan Singh meet on September 27 and there will be an attempt to show that the India and US rapport hasn't hit a plateau.

Implementation of the civil nuclear deal, ways to expand cooperation in the fields of defence, security will be discussed by the two world leaders.

Economic issues will also be high on the agenda of the meeting.


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