Govt notifies rules to implement N-liability law

Ahead of Manmohan Singh`s meeting with US Barack Obama, India notified the implementation rules for the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 08:56 AM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s meeting with US President Barack Obama, India today
notified the implementation rules for the Civil Liability for
Nuclear Damage Act.

The rules give the nuclear plant operator the right to
recourse for the period for which the supplier of equipment
has taken liability for patent or latent defects or
sub-standard services under a contract.

A "supplier" includes a person who manufactures and
supplies either directly or through an agent a system,
equipment or component or builds a structure on the basis of
functional specification.

It also includes a person who provides to build to print
or detailed design specifications to a vendor for
manufacturing a system, equipment or component or building a
structure and is responsible to the operator for design and
quality assurance or provides quality assurance or design
services.

The rules also make it clear that an operator`s claim
shall in no case exceed the actual amount of compensation paid
by him up to the date of filing such claim.

The US has made it clear that India`s civil nuclear
liability law will have to be brought in conformity with
international conventions and the current regime imposed a
heavy burden on the operators of nuclear plants in India.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Obama in Bali on
Friday on the sidelines of the East Asia summit.

PTI