New Delhi: Sharad Pawar`s NCP, a key partner
in the government, on Tuesday said that the nuclear liability bill
should be passed by taking the opposition parties into
"We are in favour of passage of the bill by taking the
Opposition in confidence," NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi
told reporters here when asked to comment the Civil Liability
for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010 which has kicked off a political
He said suppliers of nuclear equipment and all sections
related to it should be properly covered and there should be
no compromise with national interest.
A fresh controversy has broken out after the government
circulated the amendments to the bill approved by the Union
Cabinet among members of Parliament.
Both the BJP and the Left parties have said that the new
amendments approved by the government further dilute the
liability of suppliers of equipment to nuclear plants and were
not acceptable to them.
Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan had said
that he was open to suggestions from opposition parties on the
amendments to the bill.
The bill expected to be moved in the Lok Sabha for
consideration and passing tomorrow.