Bill change may nuke liability

New Delhi, Aug. 21: New amendments by the government to the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010, could trigger a fresh controversy as these could be seen as diluting the right of recourse of the operator to seek damages from the supplier in the event of an accident.

One of the 18 amendments cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday suggests that an accident in a nuclear plant should have occurred as a consequence of an act done with an “intent” if an operator has to claim damages from the supplier.

Experts feel that the mention of “intent” in the sub-clauses (b) and (c) regarding an accident may give a route to suppliers to escape responsibility because

it would be difficult to prove intent in any such accident.

This amendment will be moved on August 25.

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