Washington: India has taken three steps to implement the historic civil nuclear deal with the US to enhance confidence of the domestic and foreign companies in the country’s nuclear industry, a top American diplomat said.
US nuclear cooperation agreement
The India-US nuclear cooperation agreement was signed in 2008, under which US-based Westinghouse and GE Hitachi were to build six power reactors each in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Addressing a Congressional subcommittee during a hearing on South Asia yesterday, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells said India has taken three actions to implement the deal and Westinghouse found these steps “sufficient”. The first step taken by them is that they joined the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.
This multilateral treaty lays out a framework for liability, and the second step was announcement of guidance on its domestic nuclear legislation which was in conformance with the law, Wells said.