Govt offers to consider Left`s views on N-liability bill

Left is strongly opposed to provisions it feels "protect" the foreign suppliers` interests.

Updated: Aug 24, 2010, 15:52 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Tuesday offered to
consider the Left parties` views on the civil nuclear
liability bill, which includes their strong opposition to
provisions they feel "protect" the foreign suppliers`
interests.

The offer came at an hour-long meeting Minister of
State of Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan had with
CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury.

"The Minister appeared willing to consider our points
of view, especially those relating to the suppliers`
liability. But we have to see the fine-print of the proposed
legislation," Yechury told PTI after the meeting.

He quoted Chavan as saying that the government would
consider relevant amendments moved by the Left parties in the
course of discussion on the Bill to be tabled in Parliament
tomorrow.

Chavan also said that the civil liability would not
replace criminal liability in case of a nuclear accident and
the law of the land will prevail, he said.

Yechury said he conveyed the views of the Left parties
to the Minister at the meeting.

The Left parties have said the legislation proposed by
the government not only went "against the grain of the crucial
recommendations of the Standing Committee, but also seeks to
further dilute the provisions of the original bill to protect
the interests of the foreign suppliers of nuclear equipment
and domestic private players".

PTI