Mumbai: Human rights activists today demanded
complete redrafting of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage
Bill 2010, which will is expected to come up for debate in the
Monsoon session of Parliament.
Participants in the the public consultation organised by
Human Rights Law Network, University of Mumbai and Greenpeace
(India) said the Bill in the current form acted as a
facilitator of corporate immunity rather than the protector of
people`s fundamental rights.
"The Bill has to be completely scrapped or redrafted with
drastic modifications," they said.
Two Members of Parliament Ramdas Athavale of Republican
Party of India and Eknath Gaikwad of Congress, attending the
meeting, said there should be suitable amendments made in the
Bill to take care of rights of people of India.
Terming the Bill as denial by law to the right to seek
adequate compensation in case of a nuclear accident, the
activists unanimously demanded that there should be unlimited
liability and it should be channelled through the entire
nuclear supply chain.
The nuclear liability bill is currently with the
Parliamentary Standing committee on Science and Technology,
which in an advertisement on June 24 had called for wider
consultations to include public opinion on the Bill. Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai said 15 days notice given by the standing committee was not adequate to gather the public opinion.
To do adequate justice the public consultations should be
held atleast in six key cities. The outcome of the
consultations held in Mumbai and Delhi will be presented to
the Standing committee, the organisers said.