the latter case, the Court directed all asbestos factories to keep the health records of their workers for 40 years and/or 15 years after their retirement. The second significant direction was the Government of India and the state governments have to mend their rules and regulation as per the resolution of International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO says eliminate asbestos of all kinds for elimination of asbestos related-diseases. It also directed that a compensation of Rs 1 lakh be paid to the asbestos victims. In effect, the Court recommended ILO compliant rules to be made by central and State governments to eliminate asbestos of all kinds. The verdict of 27th January, 1995 is the original verdict which was authored by Justice K Ramaswamy. In the 2011 order, this very order has been repeated. Even after 23 years so far there has been no compliance with this order. The report of the Advisory Committee of Labour Ministry which was set up to submit a compliance report is yet to see the light of the day.
Dr Gopal Krishna
Asbestos: Still around, still deadly