(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 27, 2010
NUCLEAR LAIBILITY BILL
‘Standing Committee Ignores Labour Viewpoint’
CITU secretary and former Rajya Sabha member Dipankar Mukherjee sent on June 19 the following letter to the Rajya Sabha chairman regarding examination of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010 by the Standing Committee on Science and Technology.
I SEEK your indulgence in inviting your kind attention to the following in regard to the above subject.
1) There has been no notification in the press by the Rajya Sabha secretariat seeking presentations from the people at large to give evidence before the honourable committee on the subject which is of vital public interest.
As you will kindly appreciate, the workers
engaged in the nuclear plants and facilities as well as those handling
radioactive materials directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly,
first victims of the radiation. Even recently in the Mayapuri area of
On the contrary, the honourable committee has
felt it prudent to call industry associations like the FICCI and CII
private sector for giving evidence though at present the nuclear power
You will kindly agree that such selective choice by the honourable committee, giving precedence to the private sector industry which does not have any stake in nuclear plants and facilities in India, and ignoring the employees who are directly involved, in the deliberations of the honourable committee will give a very wrong message as if “Labour is not on the agenda of the nation.”
I therefore appeal to you to advise the committee accordingly so that the voice of millions of workers of the country is not ignored.