New Delhi: The introduction of the
controversial nuclear liability bill in the Lok Sabha is
expected to be further delayed as the budget session of
Parliament draws to a close tomorrow.
Government was forced to defer the controversial Civil
Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill as it did not have the
requisite number to see its introduction in the Lok Sabha on
March 15 when the opposition had united against it.
It was expected that government would introduce the Bill
in the second part of the budget session that began on April
15 after a month-long recess but sharp divisions and more
important business like the passage of the Finance Bill were
understood to have delayed its introduction in Parliament.
The nuclear liability bill is key to implementation of
the civil nuclear cooperation initiatives India has entered
into with several countries, including the US.
Government had cited questions raised on the legality of
the nuclear liability bill by a member as the reason for its
The bill pegs the maximum amount of liability in case of
each nuclear accident at Rs 500 crore to be paid by the
operator of the nuclear plant.
While the BJP has indicated support to the bill if
government raises the Rs 500 crore cap on maximum liability in
case of an nuclear incident, Left parties contend it was
detrimental to India`s interests.
The fate of the Women`s Reservation Bill, which was
passed by the Rajya Sabha on March nine after forcible
eviction of protesting members from the House, appears to be
Sharp divisions on the showpiece initiative of UPA II
aimed at providing 33 per cent reservation for women in the
Lok Sabha and state legislatures is understood to have forced
to government to put it on hold.
Both the bills are not listed in tomorrow`s agenda for
either houses of Parliament.