The committee on science and technology, environment and forests, which took up clause-by-clause analysis of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010 on Monday, faced again the haunting question of the nuclear regime that would govern the nation not party to any international compensation convention.
After almost conclusive cap of R1,000 crore liability on the operator in case of damage or accident, some wanted to know what convention governs the liability of the supplier.
"The government through the bill, though not categorically, seems inclining towards Convention on Supplementary Compensation which would free US suppliers of liability. As we do not have any other convention governing us, clarifications were sought on international regime governing supplier liability," a member told HT.
Globally, no conventions governs supplier liability.
This is in line with the concerns expressed by the Left from the beginning.
"There is confusion. But the government is looking for scope to escape (the queries)," a member said.
The panel will meet again on Tuesday to seek clarification from officials of atomic energy department.
A member said that all issues would be addressed on Tuesday and that the committee would adopt the bill on Wednesday.