(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 25, 2011
Reject Bill for Nuclear Safety Authority
The Polit Bureau of the
Communist Party of
promised to bring legislation to set-up an independent Nuclear Safety
This came after the widespread apprehensions about the safety of
reactors in the wake of the
However, the bill which has been introduced in the Lok Sabha – the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill – goes contrary to the assurance and seeks to set-up a body which is captive to the government.
The bill seeks to establish a Council of Nuclear Safety which consists of the prime ministers, five or more cabinet ministers and the cabinet secretary and experts nominated by the central government. It is this council which will control and virtually direct the Regulatory Authority.
Regulatory Authority with various restrictions. One requirement is that
authority should function in a manner that is consistent with the
“international obligations of
The bill has
extraordinary clause: “the Regulatory Authority shall not act against
interest of the sovereignty and integrity of
The other objectionable feature of the bill is the power of the central government to remove the chairperson, or, members of the authority and to supersede the Regulatory Authority itself. Such powers will make the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority a tame instrument of the government.
By bringing such a bill, the government has shown its utter disdain for the people’s genuine fears about safety in the nuclear sector.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the government scrap this Bill and bring fresh legislation to set up a genuinely independent nuclear safety regulatory authority.