Govt ready to discuss nuclear Bill with Opposition

Govt ready to discuss nuclear Bill with Opposition

New Delhi: Stepping up its efforts to bring the main opposition on board in passing the crucial Nuclear Liability Bill, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon on Wednesday held meeting with senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“NSA held a meeting with our leaders including Sushma Swaraj (leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha), Arun Jaitley (leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha), M M Joshi, Yashwant Sinha and me. He explained the government’s point in favour of the Bill while we conveyed our reservations in supporting it," said S.S. Ahluwalia, deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, the government has made it clear that it does not intent to open nuclear sector for foriegn investment and it was in favour of sorting out issues with the opposition through dialogue.

“I think these issues could be coolly discussed either in Parliament or in standing committee or we are willing to discuss it in personal meeting," Chavan said at a conference organised by Assocham on Wednesday.

On demands for increasing the compensation amount by the operator, Chavan said all these issues can be discussed at various fora or even personal meetings. “Let us begin somewhere and not be obstructionist," he said. He said there was no question of American companies setting up nuclear reactors in India as the law does not permit the same.