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Imports of Asbestos has grew month on month basis by 15.3%

Written By Gopal Krishna on Thursday, July 18, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Note: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is seized with a case seeking justice of victims in India. It seeks elimination of asbestos use and trade as WHO and ILO has recommended its elimination through their resolutions of 2005 and 2006. Companies and officials involved in denial of justice to victims of asbestos related diseases must be made criminally liable for their acts of omission and commission.  

Imports of Asbestos has grew month on month basis by 15.3%. This has been revealed by InfodriveIndia.com, an Indian premier research company in export import market research, announced on July 1, 2013. This finding us based on shipping documents filed at Indian customs on India's foreign trade.

Gopal Krishna
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)

Despite promises, asbestosis victims yet to get compensation

The Times of India, Jaipur has reported on July 1, 2013 that "The dismal condition of asbestosis victims who are running from pillar to post for compensation has cast aspersions on state government's claim of being sensitive and concerned to the poor.The situation came to light when 17 tribal mine workers from Udaipur visited Jaipur demanding compensation in June. Apart from getting assurance and re-investigation of their health status to confirm asbestosis for fifth time, they have received nothing."

"We are told that the rehabilitation board constituted for compensating asbestos victims has not received any report from the doctors at RNT medical college in Udaipur. Without those documents, no compensation can be awarded," one of the victims said who came to press their demand for compensation, the mine workers faced a rude shock when they were told by senior officials that their reports were unavailable.

However, sources claimed that the government is not accepting the report certified by the Pneumoconiosis Board at RNT Medical College, Udaipur. Under Rajasthan Compensation Rules, the Pneumoconiosis Board is the only authority to diagnose occupational diseases in the state.

Once it is proved by the board that a person is suffering from asbestosis, he gets entitled to get come compensation under the Workmen Compensation Act.

On June 24 and 25, on the insistence of chief secretary CK Mathew, the district administration carried out another round of inspection of 17 mine workers. It has been the fourth time that these patients had to go through the medical ordeal.

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