National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has passed an order recommending that the asbestos sheets roofing be replaced with roofing made up of some other material. The Annual Report of NHRC 2003-2004 refers to a Report entitled “Asbestos – Health and Environment – an in-depth Study” submitted by the Institute of Public Health Engineers, India. NHRC is currently examining an application to make our country asbestos free at the earliest.
Even if one asbestos fibre reaches the right place, it causes irreversible damage - leading to asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. On August 18, 2003, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, the then Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare informed the Parliament "…long-term exposure to any type of asbestos can lead to development of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma."