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Updated: August 31, 2010 02:55 IST

Parliament nod for liability Bill

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File photo of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant in Tamil Nadu. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010, was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The Hindu File photo of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant in Tamil Nadu. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010, was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Left, TDP vote against Bill

Parliament adopted the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, with the Rajya Sabha approving it on Monday. Thus, the way has been paved for overseas companies to set up nuclear reactors in the country.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sat through the debate and even prompted Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan during his reply. The Left and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) voted against the Bill, while the Treasury Benches joined hands with the others.

A division pressed by the Left saw a difference of 100 votes (subject to final correction).

The Left declined to withdraw its amendments and through voice vote, the House approved the retention of the provisions cleared by the Lok Sabha.

The concurrence between the Congress and the BJP on backing the Bill led to an exchange of bonhomie. Mr. Chavan traced the genesis of the bill to the “good work” done by the National Democratic Alliance government and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley lauded the government for showing the “flexibility and humility” in listening to the Opposition parties.

Mr. Chavan said the Bill's primary purpose was to ensure prompt payment of compensation to victims in case of an accident and denied that it was meant to serve the interests only of U.S. companies. He acknowledged that this was the government's first attempt at drafting a law as complex as this one and if required, the government would make amendments to the law subsequently.

Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D. Raja of the CPI, V. Maitreyan of the AIADMK, M.V. Mysura Reddy of the TDP, Abani Roy of the Revolutionary Socialist Party and Barun Mukherjee of the All-India Forward Bloc opposed several provisions of the Bill.

The backing came, among others, from Rajniti Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Satyavrat Chaturvedi and Rashid Alvi of the Congress, Satish Mishra of the Bahujan Samaj Party and all Nominated Members.

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India has taken a great step, directing towards socio-economic development. This is a positive step which should have taken before but politician have to create a chaos at every step...
India specially several states were facing huge shortage of electricity and electricity is the necessity to groom India's talent and development.
By this nuclear energy, India has been positive to achieve its goal of 20,000 MW by 2022 and surplus of electricity can reduce some monetary burden on consumers...
USA or Other companies will have to just install the nuclear reactor but it is the operator who has to run this reactor..So the more liability definitely falls on the operator. It is the responsibility of operator to run nuclear reactor smooth and with precautions and without any nuclear damage..
I am not getting how the excess liability falls on the foreign nuclear company which has installed the reactor and the functioning of which depends on the operator...
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from:  Update Gk
Posted on: Sep 27, 2010 at 22:30 IST

It is heartening to note that at last the government has learnt a lesson from the Bhopal Gas Tragedy which was caused by a US firm. If nuclear disasters like the one in Chernobyl take place then who would be held responsible? This is a frightering scenario which should be kept in mind before setting any limits for the amount of claims. The US companies are notorious for cirvumventing the laws and then escape the countries of their operations once a tragedy takes place.

from:  A.L.Rawal
Posted on: Sep 6, 2010 at 19:30 IST

An economical way to use thorium as a nuclear fuel has not been devised as yet.Although the Italian Nobel physics laureate has proposed a technology dubbed ADS(Accelerator Driven System) to assist thorium particles in creating a nuclear fission for power release, its still in the experimental stages.

I hope thorium replaces uranium and plutonium completely sooner than later enabling safer civil nuclear power generation.

from:  prasanth
Posted on: Sep 2, 2010 at 14:35 IST

it is a good step taken by govt.
it was necessary as source of thermal&hydro is limited.in nuclear reactor we can use thorium which is easily&lots is available in india.
as per danger is concern all precautions taken by atomic energy.u can visit CIRUS trombay in bombay,

from:  manaharlotia
Posted on: Aug 31, 2010 at 10:33 IST

it is a good step taken by govt.
it was necessary as source of thermal&hydro is limited.in nuclear reactor we can use thorium which is easily&lots is available in india.
as per danger is concern all precautions taken by atomic energy.u can visit CIRUS trombay in bombay,

from:  manaharlotia
Posted on: Aug 31, 2010 at 09:57 IST
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