New Delhi, Sept. 22: Arun Jaitley today renewed the BJP’s accusations that the Centre is trying to dilute a 2010 law on nuclear suppliers’ accident-related liabilities.
The Rajya Sabha Opposition leader suggested the attempts to soften the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, were meant to benefit foreign firms.
The statement comes amid claims the Centre is trying to get around the law in a proposed deal with America’s Westinghouse ahead of Manmohan Singh’s US visit this week. The Centre has denied it.
Attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati recently said that under the act’s Section 17(a), local operators like the Nuclear Power Corp can seek recourse if “expressly provided for in a contract”, suggesting they needn’t do so. Section 17(b) mentions right to recourse if the accident is the result of “defects or sub-standard devices”.
Jaitley said both provisions were independent and a prior pact wasn’t a precondition to seeking compensation.