(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Reject US Demand on Civil
The Polit Bureau of the
Communist Party of India
(Marxist) issued the following statement on July 20, 211.
THE United States
continues to exercise pressure on the Indian government to dilute the
Nuclear Liability law which was adopted by parliament. This has become
from the statement made by US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in
asking India to engage with the International Atomic Energy Agency to
that the nuclear liability law “fully conforms” with the Convention on
Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC). The CSC does not
for suppliers’ liability in the event of a nuclear accident.
should reject this suggestion. The IAEA is only a depository for the
and cannot judge a law passed by parliament.
been vacillating and seeking to accommodate the US
concerns which are primarily the
interests of its nuclear industry. The Civil Nuclear Liability Act was
in parliament after compelling the government to accept section 17(b)
provides for foreign suppliers liability. This national law should
any international convention.
Liability Act has not yet been notified and come into force, even
a year has passed since its adoption by parliament. Nor the rules under
have been placed before parliament. The UPA government should explain
has not been done.
Bureau of the
CPI(M) demands that the UPA government firmly adhere to the law as
with regard to nuclear liability of foreign suppliers. This is all the
necessary after the Fukushima
disaster. Instead of the private company which operates the reactors or
foreign suppliers, billions of dollars are being spent by the Japanese
government after the nuclear accident to clean-up and rehabilitate