Nuclear Bill or Nuclear Liability Bill Passed by Lok Sabha
Nuclear Bill or Nuclear Liability Bill has been Passed by Lok Sabha. The Civil Liability for the Nuclear Damages Bill, 2010 was approved by a voice vote. The main opposition party BJP has supported Congress led Government in passing the bill. This has opened the way for nuclear commerce with the world as most Neuclear suppliers are asking for Liability bill.
The Government dropped the controvertial provision of “intent” in case of accidents, while adopting a BJP amendment. They have also increased the liability to three times from 500 crore to 1500 crore.
The Lok Sabha members rejected a Left / CPI(M) asked amendment to fix the liability cap on operators rpt operators in case of accidents at Rs.10,000 crore instead of the Rs.1,500 crore proposed in the measure.
The left has alleged that Government is passing the bill just to please Barak Obama and Americans before his visit to India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh however made a spirited speech in the debate rejecting allegations.
The passing of bill will make India attractive for business supplying nuclear machinery and will help India advance with Civil Nuclear Power.