Nuclear pact with US a blunder, says NDA

New Delhi, Aug 4 | Updated: Aug 5 2005, 05:30am hrs
Opposition NDA on Thursday charged the UPA government with having committed a blunder and a horrible mistake by agreeing to separate countrys civilian and defence nuclear installations under the recently inked Indo-US nuclear pact.

It is a blunder and a horrible mistake. This is a kind of blunder late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru committed by raising the Kashmir issue in the UN, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said initiating a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs statement on his visit to the US.

We have only got a promissory note from the US in return for virtually agreeing to do everything that is prescribed under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) even though India was not a signatory to it, she said.

Claiming what has been mentioned in PMs statement did not fully reflect facts, Swaraj quoted US assistant secretary of state Nicholas Burn as saying that India has virtually conceded to everything that signatories to npt have agreed to.

Pending labour cases

As many as 16,327 cases and 3,293 applications were pending before the Central Government Industrial Tribunal- cum-labour Courts (CGITs) as on 31st March, 2005, the Upper House was informed.

The government has taken several steps for expeditious disposal of industrial disputes including setting up of five new CGITs during the Tenth Plan, labour minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

Child labour project

During the 10th Plan, national child labour project scheme is being implemented in 250 districts of the country under which funds are given to the project societies set up at the district level headed by district magistrate, the labour minister said. Under the scheme, he said special schools are run for the child workers to provide bridging education before they are mainstreamed into the regular school education system.

New pension scheme

The government has already implemented a new restructured defined contribution pension scheme, the new pension scheme for all Central recruits (excluding armed forces, in the first stage) with effect from first January, 2004, the labour minister said, adding nps will also be available on a voluntary basis to all persons including self-employed professionals and others in the unorganised sector.

PTI