Govt open to make N-bill more robust, transparent
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 21:36
  
New Delhi: Government today said it was open to make the Nuclear Liability Bill "more robust and transparent" and hoped that the Parliamentary panel submits its report within a week about the final meeting on the issue.

"We are open to making the Bill more robust, more people friendly and more transparent. If there are good suggestions made by the committee, we will look at it positively," Minister of State in the PMO, Prithviraj Chavan, told reporters here.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, headed by T Subbirami Reddy, has been examining the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on May 7 amid stiff resistance from the opposition.

"The Committee will be meeting, I am told, for final round of evidence on August 2-3. After that they will look at the draft report and go into clause-by-clause discussions. We are hoping within a week or so they will submit the report to Parliament," Chavan said.

He said as soon as the report is submitted to Parliament, the Department of Atomic Energy will look at the suggestions made by the committee.

"Whatever is acceptable we will take it to the Cabinet to get the amendments approved and immediately afterwards, we will take the Bill for consideration," Chavan said.

The minister refused to comment on the extent to which the cap on maximum compensation to be paid by a nuclear operator would be raised.

The Bill, in its current form, caps the maximum compensation to be paid by a nuclear plant operator in case of an accident at Rs 500 crore.

The committee is understood to have agreed to raise the cap significantly and also suggest changes to certain key clauses of the Bill that deal with liability on the part of the supplier of nuclear equipment.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 21:36


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