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Govt rules out amendment to N-liability law

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:48

New Delhi: The government Wednesday ruled out any
amendments to the recently-enacted civil nuclear law to
accommodate concerns of American companies on the issue of
suppliers liability as a package during the coming visit of
President Barack Obama to India next month.

"The question of amendments is never on the cards. We
have explained to them (the US) the circumstances in which we
had to go through (with) the bill and we have to work within
the parameters of the legislation," External Affairs Minister
SM Krishna said at a breakfast meeting with editors here.

He said they (the US) also know in a Parliamentary
system of democracy the bill becomes the law of the land and
they also understand it because they work with the US Congress
where legislations are made.

The minister was replying to questions on whether the
government was planning amendments to the Civil Nuclear
Liabilities Law, which fixes stiff liabilities on suppliers in
case of accidents, enacted during the monsoon of Parliament
as a package to Obama during the visit.

US companies wanting to do business with India in the
civil nuclear sector had expressed concerns over the
provisions in the law.

Krishna said in the course of discussions with
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his recent visit
India had provided them with "enough reasons" for enacting the
legislation "so that they can understand the Indian position".

He said the civil nuclear accord was done during
President George W Bush`s time and the present administration
including Obama and Clinton were "very anxious" that the two
countries continued to work as partners.

"This will come up for discussions between Obama and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:48
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