CSC is under consideration by India: AEC chairman

India is considering becoming a signatory to the international convention on nuclear damage and the DAE is providing relevant information to the Centre in this regard, a top nuclear scientist said on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 20:18 PM IST

Mumbai: India is considering becoming a
signatory to the international convention on nuclear damage
and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is providing
relevant information to the Centre in this regard, a top
nuclear scientist said on Tuesday.

"India becoming signatory to Convention on Supplementary
Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), which has not yet come
into force, is under consideration and we are in the process
of providing information to the government," Atomic Energy
Commission (AEC), Chairman, Dr Srikumar Banerjee said.
"Finally, it will be the decision of Government of
India," he added.

Banerjee was reacting to the independent Congressional
Research Service`s (CRS) latest report on the implementation
of the civilian nuclear deal.

According to Banerjee, CSC will be useful in
`transboundary incidents`. "However, CSC is not in vogue,
still there is nothing concrete," he added.

The CRS, a bipartisan research wing of the US Congress`,
in its report said that American companies are unlikely to
engage in nuclear trade with India till it becomes a signatory
to CSC.

So far 13 countries have signed the CSC, and only four,
including the US, have ratified it.
Banerjee said India needed a domestic legislation for
carrying out nuclear power business.

"The recently passed Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill in
the Parliament will go a long way in increasing public
confidence and in creating a predictable environment in which
leading vendors can participate in India`s nuclear programme."

PTI