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N-liability bill report to be tabled in parliament today, BJP positive

The contentious Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010 is likely to be passed in this Parliament session, as the impasse over it has been virtually resolved, with the government accepting most of the changes suggested by the BJP. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2010 09:25 IST

The contentious Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010 is likely to be passed in this Parliament session, as the impasse over it has been virtually resolved, with the government accepting most of the changes suggested by the BJP.

Sources said the government has agreed to the recommendation of the standing committee on science and technology that considered the bill, seeking a three-fold increase in the maximum liability, raising it to R1,500 crore. The report will be submitted to Parliament on Wednesday.

“It appears the government is positively inclined to our suggestions,” said the BJP’s Rajya Sabha leader Arun Jaitley.

Among the standing committee’s suggestions is that of incorporating a penal provision relating to ‘latent defect in the equipment’ supplied. Another provision relating to ‘wilful default’ or ‘negligence’ on a supplier’s part is also being incorp-orated. The period during which victims can claim damages has been extended from 10 to 20 years after a nuclear accident.

“An operator will have to pay the compensation right away, and then it can settle its liability with the supplier bilaterally,” government sources said.

The Left parties, however, remain opposed even to the amended bill, and have submitted a dissent note.