N-liability: US to address concerns through talks

The US will like to address through dialogue with India the apprehensions expressed by certain quarters in that country on some of the provisions in the civil nuclear liability bill, recently passed by Parliament here.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 17:41 PM IST

New Delhi: The US will like to address
through dialogue with India the apprehensions expressed by
certain quarters in that country on some of the provisions in
the civil nuclear liability bill, recently passed by
Parliament here.

Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer at the White
House, said both the sides will sit together and address the
concerns relating to liability issues.

"I am confident that these issues will be resolved
because good people sit across the table and things improve...
Each side needs to have their voices heard and you make
progress. I am confident that is the way this issue will be
approached," he told reporters here.

Chopra was responding to a question on the US business
community being reportedly unhappy over making suppliers of
equipment also liable in the event of a nuclear accident.

Last week, State Department spokesman P J Crowley had
said that US was looking to the Indian government to see what
changes can be made in certain provisions of the Bill which
was passed by Parliament on August 30.

Asked about whether cooperation between the two countries
in the IT sector will suffer following President Barack
Obama`s assertion against giving tax breaks to US companies
shipping jobs abroad, he did not give a direct reply but said
the Indo-US relationship was growing rapidly and it will grow
further.

"The relationship, the revenues and the collaborations
that are happening between Indian companies and the US on the
ground is growing. It is vibrant and it is strong," Chopra,
who is leading a US delegation to explore further cooperation
in areas of technology and innovation between the two
countries, said.

He said US was keen to further enhance collaboration with
India in several areas, including in health care sector,
development of clean technology and in e-governance.

Earlier, addressing a roundtable on India-US Innovation
Forum, he said deeper cooperation between the two countries in
in technology sector will help in improving lives of people
across the globe.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary in the Department of
Science and Technology T Ramasami said the government was
"completely committed to a fruitful engagement" with the US in
making innovations that touch the lives of common people.

"We are very enthusiastic in converting the relationship
to a partnership," he said.

PTI